I traveled to arguably the center of the jewelry industry, New York City, last week. I enjoyed so many great experiences all week, but the best part? Putting faces to names that I have been working with for a while. I loved meeting Beth Overzat of B’squared Public Relations, amazing jewelry designer Gerard Yosca, creative Lauren Bergman of Aroc Urtu, everyone at the Platinum Guild Spring Preview event, and more.
Gerard Yosca New Collections
A highlight of the trip was meeting Gerard Yosca in his studio. Gerard is a fashion jewelry icon producing jewelry in the manner of the old costume houses: integrity and love goes into every design. I LOVED meeting him and seeing his creative talents at work. Beautiful space, and he and his staff were so gracious and charming! I find it inspiring to see artists in the space where they create. He was showing samples from his upcoming collections, to be released later this summer for Fall/Winter 2012. I’ll write more about them then, but here’s a little sneak peek:
Lauren Bergman of Aroc Urtu
After meeting Gerard, I went to lunch with Lauren Bergman of Aroc Urtu (remember my profile of them here?). Part of the creative duo behind the brand, Lauren is a true artist, beginning her career in painting, progressing to jewelry renderings and actual work on the jewelry for their line. She was wearing a couple of new pieces, which have their signature organic, tactile quality–jewelry you want to touch.
Here are the shell rings, cast in their special alloy of raw brass, in a couple of different sizes and patterns. Small diamonds are bezel set for subtle sparkle into each ring, and they can be stacked, forward or back, to create wholly different patterns. These feel like effortless summer pieces, and are inexpensive enough to give to friends or stack multiples up on a finger.
Around her neck was an amazing necklace. A large baroque pearl with a lot of character could be worn very casually with the pearl suspended horizontally across the neck, or can be worn as a vertical drop pendant. I loved it best as a lariat, with the pearl dropping like a “Y” from the delicate chain at the throat. Of course, Aroc Urtu’s signature details really make the piece: a bezel-set diamond drilled into the pearl itself, and absolutely flawless findings like the three-way clasp with a dangling seed of pure gold.
I can’t wait for my next trip back to say hello to new and old jewelry friends!