Pretty in Platinum

May 13, 2008

I’m late to blogging today because I was busy perusing some beautiful platinum jewels this afternoon (tough life, I know). Today was Platinum Guild International‘s spring editor day, so I was lucky enough to get to stop by and view brand new pieces from a huge variety of fine jewelry designers. 
Even though platinum prices are high, there are still tons of artisans who wouldn’t dream of giving up the rare, naturally-white metal. Besides the standard bridal, many are creating “everyday” pieces (like small earrings, pendants and rings) set in platinum that are affordable and will truly never go out of style. But if you’re looking for bang for your buck, let me suggest New York-based designer Ashok Sancheti, who I just discovered at the event this afternoon. His gorgeous one-of-a-kind designs, posted here, are all about maximum glamour and drama. I was really taken with the earrings above that feature 26.22 carats of green tourmalines and over 5 carats of diamonds. 
The necklace above is also spectacular: The collar features platinum falling tendrils with pastel sapphires (68.05 carats), diamonds (14.62 carats) and 3 carats of aquamarine on the clasp. It’s a steep $150,000, but the entrance you would make wearing it makes the price tag seem worthwhile. 
Sorry for the small picture on this one, but I absolutely adored this amazing Art Deco inspired necklace containing a spectacular 17.37 carat aquamarine centerpiece. The necklace, which also features onyx, rubies and diamonds, is utterly unique. 
If you’re a fan of white metal and really understand platinum’s benefits (it’s hypoallergenic, won’t fade, and is far more rare than gold), I wouldn’t hesitate to invest in some pieces for your jewelry wardrobe. Click right here to see Portero’s great selection of beautiful platinum jewels. 
Images courtesy Platinum Guild International
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