Lust & Found
When Beth Bugdaycay yearned to make a more meaningful consumer product, she abandoned the popular Rebecca Taylor clothing line she cofounded in favor of making fine jewelry. Foundrae, her Victorian-inspired line of 18k gold jewelry with enamel and gemstones, features mystical and spiritual symbols that evoke notions of protection, strength, karma, and dreams. “I use symbols to express that we all have the ability to change and the capacity for growth,” she says.
Protection Baby Medallion necklace in 18k yellow gold with 0.015 ct. t.w. diamonds, $3,495, Karma cigar band in 18k yellow gold with blue enamel and 0.015 ct. t.w. diamonds, $1,995; inset: large orbit earrings in 18k gold with 0.03 ct. t.w. diamonds, $2,595; Foundrae, NYC; 646-745-6831; foundrae.com
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Zaiken Jewelry’s Malak Atut has developed a charming signature aesthetic in her Throwing Stones collection of gold jewels, which feature mixed clusters of bezel-set gems, with smaller stones set directly atop larger ones. Retail prices in 18k gold start at $1,000.
Throwing Stones earrings in 18k gold with 7.5 cts. t.w. Ethiopian opals, 0.08 ct. t.w. blue sapphires, and 0.06 ct. t.w. diamonds, $2,225, zaikenjewelry.com
“I only sell one-of-a-kind designs in my gold inventory, though occasionally I will sell a mass-produced plain wedding band.”
—Frank Goss, owner, Frank Goss Goldsmith, Bellingham, Wash.