Design Inspiration – New York Designers

One of my favorite things about being a New Yorker is the sense of discovery. Whether it’s stumbling upon a fabulous new restaurant or learning about an exciting new designer, the pulse of the city inspires my life and the way I choose jewelry for the Fortunoff collections. Growing up in the jewelry business has given me perspective on changing trends, enduring classics, and the ever-present promise of discovering new talent.

This month, we will highlight these New York designers by offering 15% off their jewelry, and another 10% will go to support Superstorm Sandy relief efforts.

Natasha Wozniak
Working out of her Brooklyn studio, Natasha Wozniak creates her jewelry by hand using scroll motifs, oxidized silver, and 18 karat gold. Natasha is a jeweler with a unique source of inspiration: she once worked as a sculptor in the Kathmandu Valley! The Asian influence in her jewelry is evident in the fluid lines and graceful forms. You can also see her New York roots in the high contrast surfaces and edgy blackened silver finish of her jewelry.

A bold bracelet makes a powerful statement:

18 Karat Gold Plate and Sterling Silver Cuff

18 Karat Gold Plate and Sterling Silver Cuff, $895

These long drop earrings feature tiny hinges that allow for movement:

Intricate Hinge Scroll Earring, Sterling and 18K

Intricate Hinge Scroll Earring, Sterling and 18K, $425

Kelacala Q
Primal. Tribal. Edgy. These are all buzzwords that can just as easily describe New York City as well as designer Lara Kurtzman of Kelacala Q. Located in the heart of Greenwich Village, Kelacala Q is heavily influenced by music and fashion. The newest designer in our offering, her jewelry shows us the energy of the downtown scene.

Arrowhead and snakeskin motifs come into play in the brass “quiver” necklace:

Brass Quiver Necklace on Deerskin Leather, Adjustable

Brass Quiver Necklace on Deerskin Leather, Adjustable, $250

A cobra two finger ring is a sure conversation starter:

Brass Two Finger Cobra Ring

Brass Two Finger Cobra Ring, $95

These brass hoop earrings have edgy triangle shaped drops:

Brass Hoop Earrings with Triangle Dangle Charm

Brass Hoop Earrings with Triangle Dangle Charm, $195

Jordan Scott
For decades, Jordan has been hip to jewelry trends and celebrity style. Headquartered in Midtown New York City, you can practically feel the energy of the city radiating from Jordan’s cutting edge style.

The timeless quatrefoil motif gets an on-trend rendition in this stunning pendant:

Diamond Shaped Pendant with Diamond Accents, SS & 18KYG

Diamond Shaped Pendant with Diamond Accents, SS & 18KYG, $850

Misha Of New York
Before launching his own jewelry collection, Misha of New York created reproductions of Faberge egg designs for the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum Catalog Collection. Born and trained in the former Soviet Union, Misha of New York uses exotic gems and classic techniques to create appealing and unique jewelry.

Intricate wire work surrounds a generous whiskey quartz gemstone pendant:

Whiskey Quartz Pendant, 14K Gold Filled

Whiskey Quartz Pendant, 14K Gold Filled, $375

Bold lapis and lacy wire work make these impressive earrings a must-have:

Dramatic Lapis Drop Earrings, 14K Gold Filled

Dramatic Lapis Drop Earrings, 14K Gold Filled, $395

Susan Michel
Fun, fashionable, and full of sentimental spirit, the jewelry of Susan Michel celebrates the loving heart. Before launching her jewelry line, Susan Michel completed a degree in law as well as a Master’s in dance. A true renaissance woman, Susan Michel studied jewelry in London and infuses her designs with positive messages.

Stacking rings set with small diamonds look great together:

'Love' Stacking Ring, Vermeil

‘Love’ Stacking Ring, Vermeil, $125

Floral and feminine, these lacy earrings have a satin finish with a high polish highlight:

Small Floral Lace Earring, Sterling Silver

Small Floral Lace Earring, Sterling Silver, $175

Margo Morrison
A musician who grew up immersed in the fine arts, Margo Morrison has garnered celebrity acclaim with her jewelry collection. Her “visual music” aesthetic is easy to appreciate. The gemstones she chooses are suspended on neutral cords and are meant to resemble musical notes.

Vivid blue gemstones delight in this kyanite station necklace:

Blue Kyanite and Blue Lapis Drop Necklace, Sterling Silver

Blue Kyanite and Blue Lapis Drop Necklace, Sterling Silver, $395

Faceted aquamarine drop earrings are bold in size, yet have a subtle, soft blue color:

Aquamarine and Crystal Drop Earrings, Sterling Silver

Aquamarine and Crystal Drop Earrings, Sterling Silver, $120

No matter where you get your inspiration, from midtown to the boroughs, uptown or downtown, New York City is an endless source of art, fashion, and fabulous jewelry. I know the relief efforts following Superstorm Sandy will be slow, but it feels good to be starting the New Year with new projects and hope.

What are the new looks you want to collect? Tell us! As we shop the new markets for designs and gemstones, I will look for something special just for you.

One Reply to Design Inspiration – New York Designers

  1. I must say that all these designs have blown me off. “This month, we will highlight these New York designers by offering 15% off their jewelry, and another 10% will go to support Superstorm Sandy relief efforts.” – This is a recommendable work. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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