When I first saw Doryn Wallach’s jewelry, I had the odd thought that the designs reminded me of a room that I loved. No specific room – maybe the dream Hollywood Regency style dressing room in my head. Where I wear a flowing peignoir and slippers with feathers on them.
I know that’s a weird thing to say, but it was where my brain went.
My reaction made sense, it turned out – Doryn Wallach had a succesful career as an interior designer before she came to the jewelry industry. She explains the connection on her website:
“I have always loved how jewelry can give every woman a personal expression of style and personality. Fine jewelry commemorates the important moments in our lives and can create lasting style statements,” said the designer. “My passion for jewelry is inspired by my mother who would frequently redesign her old jewelry and taught me the challenge of transforming old trends into new. I love turning patterns, architecture and different elements of interior decor into themes for my jewelry. It’s the same beauty of reinvention.”
It was what I had felt it in her architectural designs; their swooping arches and careful angles. I love the thickness of the bold lines, the overall lightness, the rich satiney finish of the 18 karat gold.
Most of the pieces in the initial Doryn Wallach collection have a sparkling diamond or two, sometimes more than a few. The subtlety and restraint in the use of gemstones is part of what makes this collection so remarkable. Bold lines, subtle sparkle.
That’s not to say that Doryn Wallach never turns up the volume – just look at the onyx marble ring above, and the the turquoise “Gladiator” ring. Such beauty in the simple contrast of color and texture. They’re quiet, but they make a statement.
The bracelets are some of my favorite Doryn Wallach pieces. I just love the clean lines and the angles that they form together. But you know me – this kind of new Art Deco sort of aesthetic is just my kind of thing.
I think that design simplicity of these jewels makes them marvelously versatile: you could wear any one of these pieces to the grocery store or pile them on or add a LBD for a nice dinner or a cocktail party.
There’s a lot of value in pieces that can go formal or casual – those of us with finite resources (by which I mean almost everyone) have to appreciate when investing in a piece of fine jewelry means we get something we can wear all the time, as opposed to a piece that spends most of its life in a box.
What do you think of Doryn Wallach’s designs, my dears? And does anyone else out there share my dream of a glamorous Hollywood Regency dressing room and peignoir?
For more about Doryn Wallach – or to purchase the designs seen here – please visit her website.