Australia

Katherine Jetter, from kangaroos to the Big Apple

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The jewels of the Australian designer, based in New York, Katherine Jetter ♦ ︎

In which part of the world can a designer be born who describes a ring just made with blue tourmaline and kangaroo-colored spinels? You guessed it: Katherine Jetter was born in Melbourne, Australia. But you do not have to imagine her as Mr. Crocodile Dundee’s sister. She explains, in fact, that she spent most of her youth in England, Germany, Italy and Switzerland, and so she speaks fluently German, French and Italian, obviously besides English. In short, she is an Australian with a broad vision of the world, which in 2018 also took her to the Couture Show, where she met her myth, Stephen Webster. And this also offers a further indication of its predilection: jewelery, luxury, but also lively and modern. And since, let’s remember, she is Australian, what is one of her favorite stones? You have guessed again: the opal. That was the stone with which she began her career as a designer: a small blue opal with which Katherine has created a simple and elegant ring.

Anello con opale nero e spinelli rossi
Anello con opale nero e spinelli rossi
The most surprising aspect, however, is that Katherine, before founding her jewelry house in London, earned a degree in clinical psychology and worked in one of the largest investment banks, JP Morgan. Experiences that, perhaps (very perhaps) have been useful for her second life, started with the courses at the classic Gemological Institute of America (Gia) where she graduated. After the jump from the psyche to the gems, in fact, she worked for various international high-end jewelers, including De Beers. Her Maison was therefore born in New York City, as in the films with the “American dream”. Travel, experience and a good imagination did the rest. Ah, a detail is missing: she has climbed the peaks of Machu Picchu and Kilimanjaro. We can not certainly say that she is lazy.

Collana con pendente in opale e diamanti
Collana con pendente in opale e diamanti
Orecchini in rodio verde e diamanti
Orecchini in rodio verde e diamanti
Orecchini con smeraldi Muzo e perle di Tahiti
Orecchini con smeraldi Muzo e perle di Tahiti
Collana con smeraldi Muzo e perle di Tahiti
Collana con smeraldi Muzo e perle di Tahiti

Anello con opale nero e diamanti
Anello con opale nero e diamanti

Orecchini con tormalina rosa e smalto viola
Orecchini con tormalina rosa e smalto viola







Autore’s pearls

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Autore’s best pearl jewels, the result of a story that began 30 years ago. At the table ♦

Oil, tomato and a plate of pearls. Or, better, a plate of pasta, the typical Italian food, for the great pearl producers. Legend has it that this is how the professional story of Rosario Autore began, also thanks to Italian cuisine, in love with Australia and the spherical oyster products. But, obviously, also skilled in the kitchen. Over 30 years ago, according to the story, Autore put the Italian culinary tradition, his hobby, to good use in a dinner that allowed him to weave the necessary relationships to start the production and trade of South Sea pearls. , among the most valuable. And he probably didn’t imagine that he would become one of the largest pearl producers in the world.

Wreath Ring, in oro giallo, diamanti, perla del Mari del Sud
Wreath Ring, in oro giallo, diamanti, perla del Mari del Sud

After starting the cultivation of pearls, the Autore brand has also evolved as a jewelry manufacturer, with a proposal for collections that are not confined to the classic necklaces with a string of pearls, or to simple clip earrings, but also range to high jewelry.
Orecchini in oro bianco con perle, pietra luna, diamanti
Orecchini in oro bianco con perle, pietra luna, diamanti

Born in southern Italy, Rosario Autore learned the secrets of pearl trading and cultivation in Tokyo before moving to Australia at the age of 26. In Broome, Australia’s pearl cultivation capital, where he stopped and, thanks to that famous pasta dinner, he convinced some local producers to sell him pearls.
Orecchini Galaxy, in oro giallo, diamanti perle del Mari del Sud
Orecchini Galaxy, in oro giallo, diamanti perle del Mari del Sud

This is how the company’s history began in 2005. Now Autore owns and manages seven factories off the coasts of Australia and Indonesia. Each year it collects 300,000 pearls. He has also developed his own system of cataloging and evaluating pearls. The vast majority are sold, while about 4,000 South Sea pearls are used directly by the company, in the workshops where the jewels are made.

Anello in oro rosa con diamanti bianchi e brown, perla
Anello in oro rosa con diamanti bianchi e brown, perla
Orecchini in oro bianco, perle, diamanti bianchi e rosa, zaffiri rosa
Orecchini in oro bianco, perle, diamanti bianchi e rosa, zaffiri rosa
Anello Capri in oro giallo 18 carati, perla, lapislazzuli
Anello Capri in oro giallo 18 carati, perla, lapislazzuli

Collana in oro bianco, perle, diamanti bianchi e rosa, zaffiri rosa
Collana in oro bianco, perle, diamanti bianchi e rosa, zaffiri rosa




The 3D by Valeria D’Annibale




Valeria D’Annibale, hi-tech designer but without giving up the personal touch with her Varily Jewelry

From Rome (Italy) to Sidney (Australia) to design and produce bijoux with 3D printer technology. Valeria D’Annibale studied Jewelery and Object Design at the Enmore Design Center and goldsmithing in Italy: the synthesis of her work is the computer creation of earrings, rings, necklaces, bracelets and then translating them into objects with the use of nylon powder through a special printer. Varily Jewelry’s hi-tech jewels are sold directly online on her site.

Anello Vertigo
Anello Vertigo

There is also a phase two, because the objects are then finished by hand. In short, an activity between technology and craftsmanship, so much so that Valeria D’Annibale was long ago invited to participate in the Make Fair, an event dedicated to the world of new digital artisans that takes place in Rome. She, who explained that she had a passion for jewelry since she was a child, created her own jewelry brand in 2015. Hers is a very personal way, a bridge between hi-tech and tradition: in addition to 3D printing, in fact, he also uses silver and steel, before concluding the processing of the pieces by adding textures and finishes to make each piece something different.

Bracciale geometrico vertigo
Bracciale geometrico vertigo
Anello Perforated vertigo
Anello Perforated vertigo
Orecchini Cube
Orecchini Cube
Pendente Dalia
Pendente Dalia
Orecchini Dalia
Orecchini Dalia

Orecchini Leaf
Orecchini Leaf







Margot McKinney the queen of the opal

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From Australia to the United States: exceptional pearls and opals are the work tools of Margot McKinney ♦ ︎

In Australia it is an authority and not just as a jeweler. Margot McKinney has also a certain political influence: she supports the liberals and gave the former Foreign Minister, Julie Bishop, a pair of earrings that caused a sensation. But apart from that, Margot is also a woman who represents the fourth generation of jewelers. And from Australia she has quickly embarked on the road to the United States: its jewels are distributed by Neiman Marcus and a network of independent boutiques throughout the country.

To make Margot McKinney so popular is her ability to select stones and to combine them often with pearls.

Orecchini in oro rosa, diamanti, perle
Orecchini in oro rosa, diamanti, perle

In fact, Australia is a country where high quality colored stones are found and it is also a region where a large part of cultured pearls comes from. Among the stones, of course, a place of honor is occupied by opals, among the most beautiful stones in the land of kangaroos. And the combination with the South Sea pearls, among the most beautiful in the world, is often a winner. In the true sense of the word: a collection of jewels with South Sea pearls and precious and colorful gemstones has been awarded with the Prix de Marie Claire for the best Australian jewel in March 2011 and the Haute Joaillerie prize at the biennial International Opal Jewelery Awards in 2009.

Anello in oro, opale nero, zaffiri orange e yellow, diamanti
Anello in oro, opale nero, zaffiri orange e yellow, diamanti
Orecchini in oro giallo, con quarzo lemon, tsavorite, diamanti, zaffiri orange e yellow
Orecchini in oro giallo, con quarzo lemon, tsavorite, diamanti, zaffiri orange e yellow
Anello in oro bianco con multi acquamarina
Anello in oro bianco con multi acquamarina
Orecchini con topazi blu, diamanti, tsavorite, diamanti, zaffiri orange e yellow
Orecchini con topazi blu, diamanti, tsavorite, diamanti, zaffiri orange e yellow
Bracciale in giada nera
Bracciale in giada nera

Anello con tormalina verde cabochon e pavé di tsavoriti
Anello con tormalina verde cabochon e pavé di tsavoriti







Roxanne’s no-limits freedom

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Can Australia inspire a jewelry designer? This is what happened to Roxanne Rajcoomar-Hadden, who moved from London to Melbourne with her husband. The cases of life. In Australia, she says, she has found an ideal feeling for independent brands, both for clothing and for jewelry. Roxanne was therefore able to put to good use her studies at London College of Fashion, at the Rough Diamond course at De Beers, and the Diamond Grading at the GIA. Her jewelry brand, on the other hand, launched it in 2013. Until she discovered the freedom to be free in the great country of the southern hemisphere.

Anello gambero in oro 9 carati
Anello gambero in oro 9 carati

Roxanne Rajcoomar-Hadden, more, is one of those women who have jewelry in their blood, with a passion that has followed them since childhood. Furthermore, her grandfather was a goldsmith in Guyana. But creative freedom comes with rigorous standards, such as using fair trade gold and ethically sourced gems. Her jewels are noticeable, both those made only in gold, perhaps in the shape of a shrimp or a crab, and whether she chooses precious stones. In addition, the designer praises the principle of comfort: jewelry must be able to be worn all day.
Anello granchio in oro 9 carati
Anello granchio in oro 9 carati

Anello Milestone in oro 18 carati e diamante
Anello Milestone in oro 18 carati e diamante
Orecchini Milestone in oro 18 carati
Orecchini Milestone in oro 18 carati
Orecchini a forma di vongola in oro 9 carati
Orecchini a forma di vongola in oro 9 carati
Pendente a forma di granchio in oro 9 carati
Pendente a forma di granchio in oro 9 carati

Orecchini Spaghetti  con olio di oliva in oro 9 carati
Orecchini Spaghetti con olio di oliva in oro 9 carati







The super mine of pink diamonds stop




Diamonds? They are not forever. At some point they end, stop, that’s enough. In the world of jewelry there are those who cry already after the closure of one of the most famous diamond mines in the world, the Australian Argyle. Since 1983 this deposit has extracted 90% of the world’s pink diamonds. But now it has stopped out of business. It is estimated that the Argyle mine produced around 10,000 carats of diamonds a year before running out.

Diamante Aryle Avaline. Taglio a forma di cuscino, Fancy Purple Pink, 2,42 carati
Diamante Argyle Avaline. Taglio a forma di cuscino, Fancy Purple Pink, 2,42 carati

In recent years, the deposit has been one of the rare places on Earth where pink diamonds were found, perhaps the color most appreciated by collectors. Like the 24.78-carat Fancy Intense Pink that sold for over $ 46 million in 2010 and remained a record auction price for any diamond for many years. The top, however, belongs to the CTF Pink Star, a 59.60 carat Fancy Vivid Pink Internally Flawless diamond sold for 71.2 million dollars in 2017 in Hong Kong. But these two had been mined in Africa, not Australia.
Diamante Argyle Everglow, 2.11 carati, radiant shaped, Fancy Red diamond
Diamante Argyle Everglow, 2.11 carati, radiant shaped, Fancy Red diamond, Rio Tinto

The Argyle mine, which takes its name from the nearby lake, however, offered many more pink diamonds. The deposit was discovered in 1979. In all these years it has produced 865 million carats of rough diamonds. But it is the pink ones that entice collectors. In case you are interested, know that the latest Argyle Pinks in circulation are on sale at Lorraine Schwartz’s New York jewelry store.

Il diamante rosa Pink Star
Il diamante rosa Pink Star

Diamante rosa-violaceo (vivid purplish pin) estratto nella miniera di Argyle
Diamante rosa-violaceo (vivid purplish pin) estratto nella miniera di Argyle







Jordan Askill multitasking




Sharks, panthers, but also flowers: Jordan Askill, a New York-based designer, has brought some of the wild spirit of his Australia to the American city. But, in reality, it is not tied to traditions, but rather to the pleasure of inventing: in 2015 he won the British Fashion Award for Emerging Accessory Design and in 2016 he was appointed a member of the Council of Fashion Designers of America.

Pendente in cristallo di rocca intagliato, diamanti, oro 18 carati, cocholong
Pendente in cristallo di rocca intagliato, diamanti, oro 18 carati, cocholong

Born in Sydney, in 2000 he moved to London, where he was an intern for Alexander McQueen. In 2004, Askill was invited to join the Dior Homme design team in Paris and four years later he decided to found his jewelry brand. But he has also collaborated with fashion houses and the Danish brand Georg Jensen, as well as Gemfields, Meadham Kirchhoff, The International Palladium Board, Topshop and Swarovski. Not only that: he also directs and develops short films and video installations. His pieces are sculptural and not surprisingly he also uses the 3D printing system to get to his creations: a multitasking creativity. Nature-related subjects, such as the flowers of the Canadensis viola, are the source of inspiration for his collections.
Bracciale in oro rosa, madreperla, perla barocca
Bracciale in oro rosa, madreperla, perla barocca

Anello a forma di doppio squalo in oro rosa e diamanti
Anello a forma di doppio squalo in oro rosa e diamanti
Orecchini a forma di viola Canadensis con diamanti
Orecchini a forma di viola Canadensis con diamanti
Anello in oro giallo e nefrite
Anello in oro giallo e nefrite
Anello Pantera in oro giallo
Anello Pantera in oro giallo

Pendente Pantera in oro giallo, cristallo di rocca, diamanti
Pendente Pantera in oro giallo, cristallo di rocca, diamanti







Cléa Horowicz, not just a designer





Cléa Horowicz, the model with a passion for jewelry, from Australia to Switzerland ♦ ︎

Model, singer, writer, photographer, designer. What definition do you want to choose to define Cléa Horowicz, creator of the Horowicz Fine Jewelery brand or, to summarize, HFJ Jewelery & Design? Tip: all. In fact, Cléa is all this and even more: it is partly Australian, and is keen to remember it. Although he now lives in Europe, Switzerland, and Dutch blood also flows through his veins. In short, so many women in one person.

Orecchini con opali
Orecchini con opali

His grand style debut took place on the stage of GemGèneve, where he also showed two special pieces: a large hair clip brooch for hairs with the shape of flying fish and two earrings with opals. Australians, of course.

Anello con ametista
Anello con ametista

Founded in 2010, the small Maison has so far dedicated itself to accessible jewelry, but with some interesting choices. Cléa started learning jewelery at the Ceruleum high school in Lausanne and then at the University of Geneva. Finally, she specialized in gemology at Gia in California. She explains that she is inspired by nature and travel. He loves wearing his own creations. And it often maintains the original shape of the stone, “because it is what makes it unique”.





Spille fermacapelli a forma di pesci
Spille fermacapelli a forma di pesci

Collana con pendente
Collana con pendente
Collana con ametiste
Collana con ametiste

Cléa Horowicz
Cléa Horowicz







Cartier in exhibition






Over 300 great jewels of Cartier in a major exhibition: there is also the Queen Elizabeth’s tiara worn by Kate Middleton ♦ ︎
There are jewelry company that resemble royal families. They have a long tradition behind them and, above all, they are considered by everyone (even by competitors) a span above the others. In short, there are Maison with blue blood. And, not by chance, they are also the favorites by royals, the real ones. One of these queens of jewelry is Cartier. Five years ago, Cartier decided to celebrate its rich tradition with a major exhibition in Paris, at the Grand Palais. Now, a little surprisingly, he replicates this exposure in Australia. The exhibition Cartier: The Exhibition is organized at the National Gallery in Canberra, city where is the Australian Parliament (no, it’s not in Sydney) and presents over 300 jewels, including owned by royal families who kindly lent them to the exhibition, or belonged to celebrities, more rare pieces that are part of the Cartier collection. There are tiaras, necklaces, brooches and earrings that are part of a piece of history: in all, 7776 diamonds, 1246 emeralds, 301 sapphires, 249 other colored gems of 3500 carats. Like the diamond brooch of the Australian opera singer Dame Nellie Melba, the imperial jadeite necklace of the heiress Barbara Hutton, the 10.48-carat diamond engagement ring of Princess Grace of Monaco, the diamond and ruby ​​necklace from Elizabeth Taylor (third husband’s gift Mike Todd).
Many of the exhibited pieces have a long history. Like the Halo Tiara, ordered by George VI to Cartier three weeks before becoming king , in 1936. The platinum tiara, with 739 round brilliant diamonds and 149 baguette-cut diamonds, was for his future wife Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon (the queen mother). Which then gave the tiara to the future Queen of England, Elizabeth II, for the eighteenth birthday. The Halo Tiara was back to shine in public in 2011, worn by Kate Middleton for her marriage to Prince William.
The exhibition also includes a selection of original preparatory drawings, portraits, historical photographs, films, advertising material, tools for creating jewelry and equipment to provide an overview of Cartier history. Margherita Donato

Author’s pearls on the wings

Necklaces and earrings of the Wing line and by Autore: two models only, but with many variants ♦ ︎
The Rosario Autore’s pearls, an Italian that has become a celebrity in Australia, are famous all over the world. From pearls farm it is over time transformed itself into a Maison able to propose collections of particularly refined jewels. The pearls, on the other hand, are so perfectly designed to make designers’ work easier. The Autore brand has so wins the challenge to add new interest to such a perfect material. The evidence it is the vast collection of jewels that takes the name of Timeless collection.
Within this ensemble of jewels, in the first part of 2017 Autore has inserted a line, called Wing. Pearls are, in fact, supported by a wing-shaped set. The little Wing collection consists of only two pieces: a necklace and a pair of earrings. In contrast, there are three variants for the color of gold and stones, diamonds, amethysts or sapphires that are embedded in the metal. It also changes the color of the pearls: white or pink, golden, dark. Demonstrating the many opportunities to the an element in appearance looks as simple as the pearl. Alessia Mongrando

Also read: Polvere di stelle per Autore




Oro 18 carati con diamanti e perle dei mari del Sud
Oro 18 carati con diamanti e perle dei mari del Sud

Autore, Wing, ciondolo in oro con zaffiri e perla
Autore, Wing, ciondolo in oro con zaffiri e perla
Collezione Wing, ciondolo in oro giallo 18 carati, zaffiri e una perla dorata
Collezione Wing, ciondolo in oro giallo 18 carati, zaffiri e una perla dorata
Collana con ciondolo in oro giallo 18 carati, zaffiri e una perla rosa
Collana con ciondolo in oro giallo 18 carati, zaffiri e una perla rosa
Collana con ciondolo in oro giallo 18 carati, diamanti e una perla del mare del sud
Collana con ciondolo in oro giallo 18 carati, diamanti e una perla del mare del sud
Orecchini in oro bianco 18 carati con diamanti, ametiste e perle di Thaiti
Orecchini in oro bianco 18 carati con diamanti, ametiste e perle di Thaiti

Orecchini in oro bianco 18 carati con diamanti e perle dei mari del Sud
Orecchini in oro bianco 18 carati con diamanti e perle dei mari del Sud







The iridescent life of Katherine Jetter

The iridescent imagination of Katherine Jetter, citizen of the world, with a passion for Australian opals.
The designer Katherine Jetter has a Greek mother and a German father. She grew up between England, Germany, Italy and Switzerland. But she is Australian (born in Melbourne). And not only: she loves the fruit gemological most famous of Australia, the opal: 95% of the extracted stones of this type all over the world they come, in fact, from Outback in the country of kangaroos. And to say that Katherine Jetter seemed to start another career: in finance, in a prestigious company like JP Morgan. Among her choices, however, we must not forget the degree in Clinical Psychology at University College London.
In short, a personality with many faces, many layers, so many colors. Just like opal, who learned to know better by attending the most titled school of precious stones, the Gemological Institute of America. From there, leave aside finance and psychology, he started working as a designer for several jewelry companies, including De Beers. Moved permanently from Australia to New York, he created his own company (and found her husband). The restless Katherine, however, she is still moved, this time in Santa Fe, New Mexico. A stone’s throw from the Mexican opals. But also in an area where he can practice with his other passions: mountaineering (she climbed Kilimanjaro and Machu Picchu), diving, cooking. When not in one of these many activities, the designer manages to find time to design jewelry. Almost exclusively with the use of iridescent, precious and rare opals, as she is. Giulia Netrese

Orecchini Snowstorm con opale e tormaline
Orecchini Snowstorm con opale e tormaline
Anello in oro bianco con opale e pietre
Anello in oro bianco con opale e pietre
Anello in oro bianco con opale messicano, diamanti neri, zaffiri gialli, rubini
Anello in oro bianco con opale messicano, diamanti neri, zaffiri gialli, rubini
Katherine Jetter, anello con opale (da Facebook)
Katherine Jetter, anello con opale (da Facebook)
Ciondolo Birdcage che racchiude un opale
Ciondolo Birdcage che racchiude un opale
Anello con opale bicolore e zaffiri arancio
Anello con opale bicolore e zaffiri arancio
Anello con tormalina
Anello con tormalina
Anello con opale e tsavoriti
Anello con opale e tsavoriti
Opals earrings
Opals earrings

Pizza, Beyoncé and Lucy Folk

What is that joins Beyoncé and pizza? The jewels of the Australian designer Lucy Folk. Find out why.
Pasta, pizza, spritz: Italian cuisine is appreciated all over the world. Also in Australia. Maybe that’s why Lucy Folk, designer from Melbourne, has decided to dedicate some jewelry to some symbols of italian food. But, never fear: the shape of the jewelry does not remember at all that of the original dishes. Gold and pearls, but also small colored stones, are combined in a rather pleasant.

Her jewelry, in any case, are appreciated by a number of international stars such as Snoop Dogg, Lily Allen and Erykah Badu, who wore necklaces of Lucy Folk, or Beyoncé, who chose triangular earrings for the cover an album. Or, again, the actress and British model Suki Waterhouse, who chose rings and earcuff made by Australian designer at Oscar 2016. But, she explained, “aspirated jewelry to foods now are not my way. Now I’m much more inspired by travel and art.” But also from nature, as in the latest collection which commemorates the form of rocky coastline of Formentera. The jewlery dedicated to the Spanish island were photographed by Mason Poole, the official portraitist of Beyoncé. Giulia Netrese

Anello ispirato a pasta e pizza, in oro. Prezzo: 9800 dollari
Anello ispirato a pasta e pizza, in oro. Prezzo: 9800 dollari

Pearly, anello ispirato alla pasta. Prezzo; 375 dollari
Pearly, anello ispirato alla pasta. Prezzo; 375 dollari
Anello Spritz, in oro e pietre
Anello Spritz, in oro e pietre
Anello Baleari, oro e perla
Anello Baleari, oro e perla. Prezzo: 795 dollari
Suki Waterhouse con gli orecchini di Lucy Folk
Suki Waterhouse con gli earcuff di Lucy Folk
Beyoncé con gli orecchini triangolari di Lucy Folk
Beyoncé con gli orecchini triangolari di Lucy Folk
Anelli Baleari
Anelli Baleari
Anello ispirato a Formentera
Anello ispirato a Formentera
Collezione ispirata a Formentera
Collezione ispirata a Formentera
Bracciale e collana fotografati da Mason Poole
Bracciale e collana fotografati da Mason Poole
Collana fotografata da Mason Poole
Collana fotografata da Mason Poole
Collana e orecchini indossati
Collana e orecchini indossati
Campagna per i gioielli di Lucy Folk
Campagna per i gioielli di Lucy Folk