I have a thing for old jewelry, if you couldn’t tell. I think it often has more character than contemporary jewelry. I also love the idea of loving a piece that some other woman has loved before me. Elizabeth Taylor once said “The important thing to know about jewelry is that you never really own it; you’re simply a custodian of beautiful things.” I think it’s amazing to look at at ring on my finger and know it had a part in someone else’s life too.
That said, there’s a lot of beautiful contemporary jewelry and I don’t want to neglect it.
Irene Neuwirth is one of my favorite contemporary jewelry designers. It doesn’t hurt that Irene founded the company herself with partner Tracy Stoll (I love female-owned businesses – holler) but really what is remarkable is how exceptional the jewelry is. Celebrities love her pieces but, more importantly, so do I.
Irene’s pieces often have an organic, slightly bohemian feel. Her bio sites the ocean as her primary inspiration, and I can definitely see it in her work. She’s fond of large, gorgeous pieces of stone and striking colors. Enough talk. Let’s see some pretties.