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Emerging Designers
Slideshow by Nicole Berrie

This fall, a host of new designers are hitting the market with unique, one-of-a-kind designs with a modern mastery that could rival the most established jewelry house. From the eco-minded to retro revivalists, these names are the ones to watch this year.

 

Alice Waese

Toronto native Alice Waese, 28, is no stranger to breaking the mold. The former Jeremy Laing apprentice creates unique pieces using primarily raw silver as well as objets d’art including minimalist leather bags and textured knits.

 

Irene Neuwirth

Hollywood starlets and the haute bohemian set fetishize Irene Neuwirth’s eco-chic designs, which mix salvaged precious stones and fine materials earning the LA native a nomination for the CFDA’s Swarovski Award for Accessory Design.

 

Kimberly McDonald

Earthy style mavens looking for luxurious but green bling have found their match with Kimberly McDonald. The North Carolina native uses organic materials such as untreated fine gems, from raw emeralds to recycled diamonds, earning clients including Sarah Jessica Parker and Halle Berry.

 

Deborah Pagani

Art Deco lovers flock to this New York-based jeweler’s Roaring Twenties-gone-disco aesthetic that achieves a striking marriage between retro sensibility and modern materials. (Think Louise Brooks meets Lana Del Ray.)

 

Gaia Repossi

Boasting an impressive pedigree, the heir to Italian-based jewelry house Repossi has single-handedly revived the legendary maison thanks to her edgy designs and downtown wit. As artistic director, Repossi has designed keepsakes for style aristocracy from Tatiana Santo Domingo to Loulou de la Falaise.

 

Campbell Collections

L.A. native Michelle Mason takes her SoCal surroundings and renders them impossibly cool with her pared down, minimalist designs. The former model/actress takes inspiration from Frank Lloyd Wright and the hills of Laurel Canyon.

 

 

 

Photo: (from left) Kimberly McDonald Collection, Irene Neuwirth Collection, Deborah Pagani Collection, Campbell Collection, Alice Waese Collection, Gaia Repossi Collection

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