Gold jewelry puts a finishing polish on any outfit—from elevating your most casual comfy-tee-and-sneakers look to helping you feel like a superstar in your fanciest wedding attire. The finest gold jewelry today is made by designers whose expertise and mastery of the material matches the needs and aesthetics of the modern wearer. Whether you want to go basic with the most delicate gold chain necklace and studs, or bold with geometric earrings and layered bangles, you’re sure to find it at Lux Bond & Green. Discover more about our favorite gold jewelry designers for 2019:
Did you know that the legacy of gold jewelry design can be traced to 600 B.C. in Vicenza, Italy? Incredibly, ten percent of the population in Vicenza still works with jewelry in 2019! This is perhaps the reason that the distinguished Italian designer, Roberto Coin, told the New York Times, “We were born to create beauty…to create new ideas. It’s in our DNA.” Roberto Coin launched his own jewelry line in this tradition in 1996, and by 2002, his brand became number one among Italian jewelers. What more do we need to say to convey that this designer is truly the cream of the gold jewelry designer crop? See his work for yourself: from fantasy-like creations, such as the Princess Flower diamond bracelet in 18k white gold, which includes over 6 carats of diamonds, to classically Italian 18k yellow gold with diamond huggie edge earrings from the Portofino collection, to the 31” layerable Oro necklace, made from 18k rose gold oval links. Such designs and so many more, are true treasures of heritage and luxury.
Think undulating lines, and sensual combinations between gold and gemstones that take you on vacation to a seaside villa…if only with your look. Gold jewelry designs from IPPOLITA are lively and unexpected. Her designs are created with her love of sculpture into a form of wearable art, and most are inspired by color, form, and the vivaciousness found in every-day objects. For instance, the 18k yellow gold Glamazon Starburst Constellation ring, which features no fewer than five bands hosting over a dozen round diamonds, is truly eye-catching. These chic turquoise dangle earrings from the Rock Candy collection connect two teardrops in 18k yellow gold trim for an easy-breezy, oceanside feel. Complete either look with gemstone necklaces, like the long Rock Candy Lollitini necklace, in varieties of blue topaz, or the turquoise Polished Rock Candy station necklace. Because IPPOLITA is as easily paired with a white beach cover-up, as with a dressy blouse for a night out, this designer is a go-to for world adventurers who want to travel light but not skimp on style.
This designer, in one simple word, is elegant. Marco Bicego’s work is emblematic of hand-crafted tooling techniques, originating from Venice, Italy, and resulting in timeless jewelry. For example, the Lucia necklace in 18k yellow gold features graduated, clustered links at the center of a 16.5” chain, and can be worn with the matching Lucia earrings and bracelet. Such a set calls to mind a pressed suit, a crisp shirt, and an aura of achievement. Using a hand-tool called the “bulino,” Marco Bicego creates a balance between hand-hewn and polished textures. This can be seen on his simple boule necklaces from the Africa collection which feature carnelian, malachite, turquoise, and onyx pendants. You can also see this technique present in the Africa collection’s dripping gemstone necklaces,. Coiling is another one of this designers’ signature specialties, and it can be found in sleek pieces like the Masai ring and double-strand necklace, which use overlapping yellow and white 18k gold.
To continue along on our tour of gorgeous Italian gold jewelry, we next turn to Florence and the gorgeous gold jewelry designs of American-born Temple St. Clair. Like baubles out of a fairy tale, Temple St. Clair designs have been imbued with an old-world feel of distinction since the 1980s. 18k yellow gold amulet pendants like the Rock Crystal with moonstones and tanzanite, and the caged Theodora Amulet dotted with emerald, sapphire, moonstone, spinel, and diamond, are certainly heirloom material. The 18k yellow gold oval Tree of Life Locket and Cherub Charm feature further traditional designs and motifs, made slightly modern with pave diamonds and granulation. Creative pieces like the Whirlpool Drop Earrings, with moonstones, diamonds, and expressive 18k gold designs, highlight this designer’s artistic edge. Accessorize royally with Temple St. Clair designer gold jewelry, that ultimately feels both new and medieval at once.
For unusual and creative craftsmanship, we turn to a Lithuanian talent, which shines throughout his designs made in the USA. Though Alex Sepkus can be been called many things—quirky, eccentric, humorous— in short, he is a master craftsman and 18k gold is his muse. Who else can fit so much detail (20 diamonds, to be exact) onto one Bean Pendant on an 18” cable chain? The Curious Dome Ring is accurately named, for its pink and orange sapphires are strikingly set into this 18k gold piece. The deco, geometric Little Window Earrings surely do seem like peering into another world. It is because Alex Sepkus is so different, so masterful with the medium of gold, that he is one of our favorites.
As the name suggests, Lux Bond & Green’s Moderno collection features chic, sleek, contemporary styles in 14k yellow gold sourced from Portugal, Italy and Turkey. For instance, the fashion-forward tassel pendant on an adjustable gold chain is perfectly simple, for wearing solo or layering. The shiny-surfaced marquise earrings are modern, forward-facing ovals with tapered ends. If you’ve been looking for an everyday necklace, the infinity pendant with a little diamond on the side of the chain, might be just what you’ve been hoping to find. For on-trend geometric dangling gold earrings, look no further than these open oval drops, hanging on a chain from a dainty gold stud. Moderno pieces will make your inner minimalist smile.
Whether these designers are beloved staples in your jewelry box already, or every name is totally new to you, their innovative talents make them worth diving into their collections again and again. As a trusted retailer of the finest gold jewelry designers, we hope that you take an opportunity to shop for your next gold piece either online, or at a Lux Bond & Green brick-and-mortar location. For the next big day, or for every day, gold never goes out of style.