As a writer, I pay attention to the words I find myself using to describe the jewelry I see. Many pieces are pretty, glamorous, interesting, or unique – but not that many are just utterly cool. These new Dana Bronfman earrings, however, are a spectacular example of total coolness.
What makes something cool? They’re interesting, unusual, fresh – they surprise and delight the eye in a way that’s not precisely “pretty,” but still pleasing to behold. They’re full of yes.
I often feel this way about Dana Bronfman’s work, but the earrings from her latest collection really go above and beyond in pure awesomeness. These pieces take the designer’s signature design moves and multiply them against each other to create something bold and utterly irresistible.
Let’s start by taking a look at the first pair that caught my eye. There’s a lot going on here, so we’ll take it one step at a time.
The surmounts – aka the top of the earrings – are two gold circles pierced with round holes, echoing the design of much of Dana’s Occulus collection. These lead to strings of connected white and yellow diamonds in yellow gold, which lead to two pieces of rutilated quartz.
And speaking of that rutilated quartz…doesn’t it look particularly interesting? Is there something special going on?
Because Dana Bronfman is a genius, she’s set these pear-shaped black rutilated quartz drops in way that makes the light shining through the quartz slices echo the Occulus design in the earrings’ surmounts.
It’s an brilliant idea, totally unique, and adds the coolest element of shadow play to these beauties. Using rutilated quartz = cool, giving rutilated quartz polka dots = SUPER cool.
These Dana Bronfman earrings reference the Occulus collection once again…but with added color!
That perfect aqua blue is chrysocolla, and its juxtaposition with the buttery 18k yellow gold and bright diamonds is gorgeous. There’s a lot to love about these earrings, but I think my favorite part is how they’re symmetrical through all the tiny details up top – down to the smallest diamond – and then boldly asymmetrical at the end.
I actually had the pleasure of trying on a version of these Dana Bronfman earrings at a Metal & Smith event, although I don’t believe I got a good picture at the time.
The blocky, pyramid-esqe shapes that make up the majority of these long, linear earrings are the building block of many Dana Bronfman designs. I love a slender, dangling line earrings; and the fact that these are made up of expected, repeating elements in mixed metals with diamonds thrown in make them much more interesting that the average pair with this silhouette.
These beauties are the golden cousin of the first pair we looked at, but with one key difference: those gorgeous, bulbous blobs of golden rutilated quartz are left completely alone, with nothing to prevent light from shining right through,
What do you think, darlings? Which of these pairs of Dana Bronfman earrings do you love the most?
Images c/o Dana Bronfman.