Jewelry designer Megan Thorne’s atelier on Fort Worth’s south side is as precious as her pieces, and she has created several new styles this season that reflect her refined and feminine aesthetic. Her oversized Ribbed Scallop hoop earrings combine 18-karat yellow gold and white diamonds to dramatic effect ($3,938), and her creativity shines with the 18-karat yellow gold Mosaic Bypass ring, with its unique combination of rustic pink diamonds and brown diamonds ($4,620). Available at Megan Thorne Fine Jewels.
New York City-based jewelry designer Jennifer Fisher is known for her edgy rock ’n’ roll style. Her latest collection of brass pieces features oversized knots, and these statement pieces, plated in your choice of silver, rose gold or yellow gold, are particularly knot-worthy. $185-$265, Ylang23.
Dallas-based fine jewelry designer Laura Pierson transforms natural materials like minerals, rocks and fossils into elegant accessories with the addition of 18-karat gold and diamonds. These art deco-inspired earrings, made with dinosaur bone and Norwegian opals, are perfect examples of her aesthetic. $8,000, Eiseman Jewels.
If you love your baubles big and bold, this emerald statement ring will set your heart racing with its amazing 23.64-carat cabochon emerald, surrounded by 2.1 total carat weight in diamonds, all set in 18-karat white gold ($29,400). Fancy a necklace, too? Consider adding these to your list: a USA-mined 50.08-karat rubellite tourmaline surrounded by 18.35 total carat weight of diamonds in 18-karat yellow gold (price on request), or a multistrand showstopper of 436 total carat weight of sapphire beads with an 18-karat white gold clasp, accented with a cabochon tanzanite and 1.27 total carat weight diamond pendant (price on request). Available at Grissom’s Fine Jewelry.
Everyone will be talking about these surrealist-inspired pieces from modern design master Kelly Wearstler’s holiday jewelry collection. The Fixation Cuff is 22-karat gold-plated bronze ($325) and the carved hematite ring, in 22-karat vermeil over silver, boasts a bezel-set champagne diamond ($1,100). www.kellywearstler.com.
With the holiday party season in high gear, it’s good to have versatile pieces like the Phoenix Crystal Embellished Rocky Cuff from Alexis Bittar. This golden bracelet rocks an elegant boho look with a delicate openwork design that’s textured and studded with tiny crystals, appropriate for a casual get-together, an elegant soiree or anything in between. $245, www.alexisbittar.com.
Aledo-based jewelry designer Shelli Hoggarth of Neke Designs specializes in sculptural pieces that incorporate unique stones. For these necklaces, she uses slices of red jasper and quartz for a delicate yet strong look. $185 each, The Modern Shop.
Storied Roman jewelry house Bulgari continues to dazzle with works of art made from gemstones and gold. This 18-karat pink gold ring with a full pavé of diamonds ($12,100) comes from this year’s MVSA Collection, which was inspired by the mythical nine muses of ancient Greece, and this showstopper necklace of 18-karat white gold with pavé diamonds (price on request) hails from the Diva Collection, which draws on the elegance and elan of Bulgari devotees past and present, from Elizabeth Taylor to its current muse, the singer-slash-model-slash-former first lady of France Carla Bruni. Available at Bulgari NorthPark Center.
Wild horses are always stunning when captured in fine jewelry. Los Angeles-based designer Michael Barin puts the frontier spirit in this handcrafted cuff, made from 14-karat rose and yellow gold and sterling silver. $2,800, Grissom’s Fine Jewelry.
Bands of Beauty
These two splendid sparklers glow with the spectacular beauty of yellow diamonds. (Right) A natural yellow diamond slice gets the star treatment, set in .93 total carat weight of white diamond pavé and 18-karat yellow and white gold ($13,950). For a more subtle golden glow, this elegant band, made from 18-karat gold and finished with black rhodium, features six faceted yellow diamonds accented with .24 carat of white diamonds ($2,940). Available at Reads Jewelers.