Designer Spotlight – Ippolita

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Aug 102008
Ippolita “Being bold is a part of being fashion-forward,” says the New York-based designer, Ippolita. “It’s amusing to wear an enormous piece. Bangles are also good—they make music when you move. It’s  nice to be seen and heard.” Born in Florence, Italy, this up-and-coming talent hammers out link necklaces, chains and bangles in beautiful asymmetrical shapes and sculptural forms. She tosses diamond accents and sumptuous semiprecious stones into the mix for star clients like Kate Hudson (at  left), Halle Berry and Jennifer Lopez.

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Designer Spotlight – Jamie Wolf

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Aug 102008
Jamie Wolf”I love feminine, intricate patterns,” says New York-based jewelry designer Jamie Wolf. “I believe that femininity is timeless, and  that beauty is often found in the finest details.” Influenced by her career as ballet dancer, Wolf infuses her delicate aesthetic into  each of her rose, yellow, and white gold pieces. No wonder stars like Jessica Alba, Jessica Biel (at left), Penelope Cruz and Hayden Panettiere are fans.

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Designer Spotlight – Chopard

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Aug 102008
Chopard bijoux are tailor-made for the spotlight. Whether it’s a  diamond-and-sapphire cuff with divine cutout work or a showstopping pair of diamond-and-peridot earrings, Chopard finds the link between monumentality and wearibility. “The big pieces have to be lightweight,” explains  Caroline Gruosi-Scheufele, co-president and creative director of the feted Swiss company, whose celebrity following includes Gwyneth Paltrow (at left), Penelope Cruz and Scarlett Johansson.Learn more about the jeweler at

Designer Spotlight – Kwiat

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Aug 102008
Halle Berry, Jennifer Hudson, Natalie Portman (at left) and Hilary Swank have all donned Kwiat on the red carpet. The renowned jeweler’s Decades collection, which celebrates 100 years in the business, includes breathtaking baubles that highlight periods from its glittering past—including Art Deco-style necklaces and a ’70s-style flower ring.Learn more about the jeweler at

Out of This World

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Aug 092008

From top: Temple St. Clair’s 18k yellow gold, aquamarine, moonstone, sapphire and diamond cuff, $70,000, 800.590.7985,; Martin  Katz’s 18k white gold, moonstone and diamond ring, $65,000, at Martin Katz, Beverly Hills and New York, 866.956.7200, Gioia’s 18k white gold, moonstone and diamond brooch, $185,000, at Gioia, New York, 212.223.3146; Tiffany & Co’s platinum, moonstone and sapphire medallion necklace, $100,000, at Tiffany & Co., 800.526.0649.
Moonstones shimmer in all manner of settings.  Possessing a quiet mystery, moonstones are decidedly spiri-tual gems. In India, the luminous rocks are thought to provoke vivid dreams, while Arabic women are known to sew them into their clothes for good luck. There are, of course, more immediate ways to grasp a piece of their magic. Take  Gioia’s iridescent brooch, twinkling with diamonds that sway gently, evoking the undulations of a jellyfish, or Tiffany’s large cabochon  stone, fashioned into a pendant and modeled after a pin that Louis Comfort Tiffany designed in the early 20th century. Temple St. Clair’s cluster cuff features a bright, watery combination of moonstones and aquamarine, while Martin Katz’s whimsical ring, its stone set among 480 tiny  diamonds, will surely stir nighttime reveries.By Sarah Haight Photographs by Doug Rosa 

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