Designer Spotlight: Mark Patterson

Mark Patterson creates beautiful jewelry in colored gems and diamonds.  I worked with his designs for a number of years when I was with a couple of independent jewelers.  The first designs I fell in love with were mostly colored gemstones that were used with varying intensities and pave-set into designs that showed off the amazing graduation of color.  His wife, Josette, is a sculptor and you can really see that sensibility in the designs:
18 Kt White Gold, app. 2.90 ct tw Blue Sapphires, .40 ct tw Diamonds

Mark Patterson Sapphire and Diamond Intensity Ring, app $4520 Retail

When I was a buyer of engagement rings, I was thrilled to find out that Mark was doing engagement ring and wedding band designs.  His engagement rings are mostly timeless designs with a slight twist that makes them special.  He uses pave diamonds and beautiful metal work to highlight the center stone without overpowering it.  Of his classic designs, I especially like the knife-edge setting, which is simple but sculptural:

Platinum Knife Edge Mtg, app. Retail $3790

Platinum Knife Edge Setting, app $3790 Retail

The split-shank design is comfortable, impressive and does a great job of emphasizing the center stone.  Shown here with pave diamonds, but also available plain:

Platinum Pave Diamond Split Shank Setting, app $4050 Retail

Platinum Diamond Split Shank Setting, app $4050 Retail

While his engagement rings are simply gorgeous, you can tell that color is still his first love.  His newer collection, Samba, plays with the varying shades of colored gemstones in a very modern style that is still classic enough for fine jewelry:

Samba Ruby and Pink Sapphire Bracelet, app $9670 retail

Samba Ruby and Pink Sapphire Bracelet, app $9670 retail

His new 9 two 5 collection features large cabochon gemstones set into a mix of sterling and gold.  It is also pretty affordable.  I especially love the interesting combinations of colors, like this:

Kashmir Cabochon Rings, starting at $630

Kashmir Cabochon Rings, starting at $630

All of Mark Patterson’s designs are beautifully rendered.  You can find a retailer in your area by visiting his website, or call their studio at 866-221-6593.

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