Posts by Brooke Betteridge
by Brooke Betteridge on May 1st, 2012
Visiting Mark Davis’ workshop is an experience that can only be described as heavenly. Housed in an old rope factory building on the water in Brooklyn, stark white walls give way to the most glorious sight imaginable- a wall of color-coded bakelite!
Due to the vintage nature of the material, Mark has taken to buying it up whenever a “new” stockpile becomes available. Whether it be a full uncut, bakelite tube, or a collection of well-worn bangles, he has managed to amass quite a lovely hoard over the years. All in various stages of production, one can witness the transformation from ordinary to extraordinarily fabulous as the time-consuming process of sanding and polishing progresses.
Years of exposure to the elements oxidizes outer layers of the bakelite and causes it to change color. A brown piece might actually turn out to be blue after Mark has had his way with it. Who knew bakelite was so multifaceted? Mark did!
Before Mark Davis came onto the scene, bakelite had been largely forgotten. Now, many try to imitate his unique style using resin and other colorful materials. Only bakelite however is heat-resistant, impervious to moisture and shatterproof- it’s actually so durable that it was used for some bomb-casings during World War II.
After seeing the amount of work that goes into the making of each and every piece bearing his stamp, one cannot help but fall madly in love with Mark’s jewels. While this material might no longer be in vogue militarily-speaking, Mark Davis’ bakelite beauties always hold the top three spots on my jewelry wishlists.
by Brooke Betteridge on April 10th, 2012
A colorful cocktail ring is a warm weather wardrobe staple, and in my opinion, no one does color better than Paolo Costagli. More so than most talented artists, Paolo has a knack for combining colors that is simply breathtaking.
He is probably best known for his peridot and pink sapphire pieces, inspired by a Florentine garden near the famous Piazzale Michelangelo. No less fabulous however, are the multitudes of other fabulous pairings like the mint tourmaline & violet sapphire, as well as deep pink tourmaline & pink sapphire, stunners above. No matter your personal taste or preferred color palette, Paolo undoubtedly has a ring so perfect, you’d think it was made just for you!
by Brooke Betteridge on October 1st, 2011
Ever since their introduction in 2009, Paul Morelli’s Meditation Bells have been a hit. Something about that sweet tinkling sound is simply irresistible, and the ingeniously-simple clasp mechanism allows for endless mixing and matching!
Each bell seems to have a character all its own, whether it be the gracefully classic, plain fluted bell or the whimsical and cheerful multicolored, gem-set versions, there is a bell for everyone. For instance, my current favorite is the “Raja” bell in gorgeously moody black rhodium sparkling with amethysts and black diamonds. A little bit edgy, but still playful and feminine.
Just launched in sterling silver, there is a bell for every budget! The new silver bells come in classic styles, including ones with Morelli’s signature granulation, as well as new, gem-set stunners, such as the ones pictured to the left.
Who couldn’t use a little more Zen in her life?
by Brooke Betteridge on December 3rd, 2010
Although Yossi Harari draws inspiration from ancient jewelry and artifacts, he creates some of the most uniquely modern jewelry collections. Every piece is truly a wearable piece of art.
Rubies, purple sapphires, and blue diamonds appear all the brighter against the blackened “gilver,” Yossi’s proprietary alloy of silver and gold. “Gilver” is a wonderfully unique and affordable backdrop that enhances the sparkly of these vibrantly colored gems.
by Brooke Betteridge on November 24th, 2010
by Brooke Betteridge on October 7th, 2010
Just to whet your appetite! Chunky, richly colored gold link bracelets and necklaces; a vividly colored, cabochon-cut gemstone bracelet; and one of the coolest, bombé style gold bracelets you’ll ever see. More to come!
by Brooke Betteridge on September 27th, 2010
After attending the National Fish & Wildlife dinner Saturday night, where our very own Terry Betteridge was honored, I feel inspired to post these gorgeous Bielka pieces. An homage to Mother Nature, each piece highlights the sheer beauty of our natural world.
Meticulously hand-engraved surfaces and supremely beautiful gemstones enhance this collection of floral and foliate jewelry.
by Brooke Betteridge on September 27th, 2010
This month we welcome Robert Bielka’s cheerful “Fandango” collection!
An adorable diamond-studded floral disco ball pendant necklace, matching sapphire and diamond earrings, and playful diamond earrings. On the bigger, bolder, and more colorful end of the spectrum, are the garden party-ready peridot earclips, and amethyst or blue topaz dress rings.
Some say it looks like fireworks… I say it looks like a party waiting to happen!
by Brooke Betteridge on July 31st, 2010
Is there any stone more perfectly suited to the idyllic carefree nature of the summer season than turquoise?
Turquoise has always seemed to me to be the most cheerful, fun, and whimsical gemstone around. These brightly colored, yet unassuming beauties are the pure embodiment of summer. There is something about wearing a gorgeous turquoise piece that just seems to lighten the spirits and brighten up a room.
Whether you happen to be an effortlessly cool trendsetter, (think Verdura’s diamond-studded “Polka Dot” ring, $8,500), carefree and fun-loving, (think Van Cleef & Arpels’ Vintage Alhambra necklace), a bit edgy, (think Yossi Harari’s “Libra” turquoise beaded wrap necklace, $2,285), or truly glamorous, (think Paul Morelli’s “Oval Window” cabochon turquoise & pavé-set diamond cocktail ring, $10,760), a bit of turquoise is the perfect way to break out of your jewelry “rut” and embrace the color of the season!
Whatever your personal style, there is a turquoise piece for you.
by Brooke Betteridge on May 1st, 2010
Made from reclaimed vintage bakelite, 18k gold, diamonds and colorful gemstones, Mark Davis’ creations are as beautiful as they are unique. Splashy and fun, yet painstakingly handcrafted and meticulously finished, vintage bakelite is back and better than ever!
After buying my own Mark Davis bangle over a year ago, wearing it almost daily, and enjoying every minute of it, I knew it was time to share these spectacular creations with our friends.
Pieces range from $400 for a pair of 18k and gem-set earrings to $1,430 for a set of 3 pink sapphire studded stackable bangles to $12,000 for a wide cutout bangle bedazzled to the nines!
Let the collecting commence…