Each day I spend a bit of time researching new jewelry designers, trends, styles and red carpet looks. Well, there are two designers that I wanted to share with you today that embody the best of these different nuances and blend them creatively into artistic wholes. I came across both of them during my latest trip to New York.
The first is Angela Forenza, a designer for the famed jewelry house of Van Cleef and Arpels. After studying at Pratt Institute, the New York native was hired as a designer at Van Cleef at the young age of 23. She had the wonderful opportunity to not only design for the Duchess of Windsor, but to design during a time when men wore gold lapel pins when going out, and women wore cocktail rings at any time of the day. I came across her story when I visited the Cooper-Hewitt Museum, exploring their exhibit of the iconic jewelry house. Her story is tremendously inspiring, especially when you consider that she developed her skill set during a time when most jewelry professionals were men.
The second jeweler I met while in New York is Anne Woodman. She is also based in Manhattan and currently exhibits trunk shows at the trend conscious boutique Henri Bendel. The store has transitioned from carrying every type of fashion imaginable to solely concentrating on accessories, and Anne Woodman has some pretty pieces to add to their assortment. Also a NY native, she stumbled into Henri Bendel by a series of miraculous coincidences. She became fast friends with an accessories designer that happened to sell at HB, who later asked her to design some headbands. After showing the creative team at Bendel her work, a jewelry buyer just happened to walk by while they were meeting, and well, the rest as they say is history!
Below are some pictures of jewelry from Van Cleef and Arpels as well as pieces from Anne Woodman.