Brooklyn-based designer Alexis Bittar, known for using lucite, semi-precious stones and metals in his costume jewelry and collaborations with brands like Burberry and Michael Kors, branched out into fine jewelry this season. Blending the elegance of the 1950s with elements of ’90s minimalist grunge and punk (think Blondie and The Smiths), it’s an edgy first collection for the CFDA Accessories Designer of the Year. “I loved the idea of reviving the classic 1950s tennis bracelet profile and adding a punk edge,” Bittar explains. The 18-karat gold and stone pieces—which look more like miniature wearable sculptures—are available on the brand’s website, at their multiple stores in the U.S. and at Neiman Marcus.
Click through the gallery above to see pieces from Alexis Bittar’s new collection.
Across the East River on the Lower East Side, designer and artist Anna Sheffield has opened her first store and simultaneously debuts a fine jewelry line of her own. The jewel box of a shop at 47 Orchard Street, outfitted with glass, steel, wood and brass, compliments her personal jewelry offerings, including her thriving two-year-old bridal collection. “It’s a huge honor to to be part of people’s love stories and to have them feel what I design is a befitting symbol of their union.”
The store gives Sheffield the opportunity to experiment with precious stones and metals and dream up new designs. “I have been thrilled with the one of a kind pieces we are making for the store,” says Sheffield. “The Theda ring, which was first made with this incredible antique diamond center, is about to have its second iteration in pink tourmaline.” If you’re shopping for a diamonds-are-a-girl’s-best-friend type this season, Sheffield’s shop is not to be missed.