Evil Eye ring by NETALI NISSIM Skull Ring by ANTHONY LENT
Protect Me Collection- Black Diamond Fearless Collection -Black Rhodium and 22K Gold over Sterling
Various Pieces by LYNN BAN
Looking through our e-mail a couple of weeks ago we stumbled upon one of our shots for jeweler Anthony Lent in the National Jeweler e-newsletter. Interesting timing considering that we had just started to notice a particular trend from the clients that have come through our studio in January and February. Madstone, Lynn Ban, Anthony Lent, Netali Nissim--we couldn't help but notice an edginess about what they were bringing to our set. That's not to say that we don't get the traditional pair of elegant sapphire earrings or the diamond encrusted wedding bands that jewelry companies like Tacori bring to the table, but it's nice to see something a little left of center every now and then.
Jewelry is just as much a product of creativity, careful design, and technique as any other artform. Macabre themes emerge as a result of interest in the occult and the human condition, and though the jewelers themselves are generally rather jovial and light-spirited in character, it only serves to make their interest in the themes of death and spirits far more interesting. We're excited and intrigued by these designers, not only because they are pushing the boundaries of what fine jewelry is and can be, but also because they are the ones who keep the industry interesting and perpetually shifting.
*All photography by Antfarm Photography.