Bling BlingIn jewelry, the hottest trend is personal statement
“Jewelry is trying to be very wearable right now,” says Scott Gauthier, the creative force as well as the owner of Jewelry by Gauthier. Although specific stones may rise and fall in popularity, Gauthier believes jewelry is more of a long-term fashion statement than the seasonal variation of clothing designs. “In jewelry, the great thing is that nothing’s ever out of style,” he says. “It’s more of a personal fashion statement.”
Cornelis Hollander, award-winning jewelry designer and owner of Cornelis Hollander Designs, makes the same point. Although seeing interest in lighter earrings, mostly white metals, as well as casual bracelets and light-hearted necklaces, he sees jewelry as “long-term fashion” that will last 15 to 20 years, unlike clothing fashion, which changes every half-year. “If you buy an amethyst, it’s for the next 10 years; it’s not like next season you change your amethyst to pink.”
Noting that his main business is engagement and wedding rings, Hollander shares that many clients come to him when, having been married many years, they want to upscale their ring to a larger diamond. “Most of the time, they keep the little diamond from the past,” he says. Common choices are mounting the smaller diamond in a necklace or incorporating it into the next ring.
Addressing the choice of metal, Al Molina, owner of the exclusive Molina Fine Jewelers, notes the “best color” depends on whether you want to call attention to the metal design or to the stone in the setting. If the former, you want to contrast with the skin — platinum or white gold on olive or darker skin; yellow gold on fair. “But,” he continues, “if you concentrate on the stone, you want the mounting to disappear.” So the colors are reversed: yellow gold on darker skin and platinum on fair.
Operating independently, these two fine jewelers — Molina an iconic presence in the Valley and Black, Starr & Frost now having brought to Arizona its storied history of 205-plus years — now share the landmark chateau on Camelback at 32nd Street. While appointments are needed for the Molina salon, both honor the tradition of offering customers the highest level of hospitality, starting with a glass of champagne.
Molina Fine Jewelers
3134 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix
Black, Starr & Frost
3140 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix
Always pushing himself to take his designs in new directions, Scott Gauthier is building anticipation for the unveiling of his latest collection – “Horizon” – this December. Current collections include examples of 2- to 3-carat rubies, emeralds and sapphires in settings that emphasize wearability.
Jewelry by Gauthier
4211 N. Marshall Way, Scottsdale
With a special emphasis on engagement and wedding rings, Cornelis Hollander offers pieces designed and created all in-house. Prolifically sketching ideas, he then considers which would work best in production. The gems in his stunning collections exhibit shapes unique to Cornelis Hollander Designs.
Cornelis Hollander Designs
4151 N. Marshall Way, Scottsdale
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