Wednesday, July 3, 2013


18K Gold Carved and Fire Opal on Carved
Black Jade Curl Pendant Necklace
Shrouded in a complex history involving Catholics and Muslims, Spain’s Mezquita of Cordoba (Mosque of Cordoba) is a 10th century cathedral known as the world’s second largest mosque.  Spain is also the birthplace of featured jewelry designer Paloma Sanchez.

Sanchez is a game changer.  Like her contemporary Ornella Iannuzzi (France) her classically styled, handcrafted jewelry collections highlight exploration of materials in ways that throws out convention and trends. 

Sanchez crafts jewelry that declares classic style can be protean and sculptural.  In her hands a unique metamorphosis takes place where gemstone and metal become distinctive wearable art.

Sanchez’ daring and cutting edge design style is broad, dynamic and expressive.  She takes the powerful visuals of contemporary art jewelry and pairs it with fashionable sensibilities.

Unique gemstones are her forte and passion. She travels to exotic locales that include Tanzania, Madagascar, Colombia, and the American Southwest to source rare gems like rough emerald wrapped in quartz; Peruvian pyrite; and Ethiopian Chocolate Opal. 

The abstract arrangements of these precious and semi-precious gemstones—highlighted by their raw cuts—evolve into cuff bracelet, ring and necklace designs that are like miniature works of modern art.
18K Gold and Sterling Silver Rough
Emerald Shield Ring with Round Brilliant Cut Emeralds
While 18-karat gold and sterling silver are the jeweler’s metals of choice, Sanchez also makes grand use of Michigan Copper; the most refined copper in the world.  She presents misshapen globs of reddish gold metal as focal points in rings, pendant necklaces and cuff bracelets. 

Her Splash Copper Necklace is an arresting visual of reddish metal interspersed with green patina.  It resembles a land section from a map that reveals earth and water.  Sanchez’ no-holds barred design vividly showcase that classic design can make every bit as strong a statement as the traditional concept of statement jewelry.

“I have a profound love and respect for stones.  The word 'precious' relates to how they slowly grow only under specific heat and pressure parameters to become individuals unto themselves,” says the jeweler who is based in Beijing, China.

“It is a unique journey in which the gemstones’ atoms align to give them their own fantastic beauty, light and shape that I strive to capture in my jewelry.  I earned a degree in gemology and jewelry design from the Gemological Institute of America (G.I.A.) in Los Angeles, California.

From there I immersed myself in both retail and the business of global luxury brands.  For seven years I have been involved full-time with hands-on sourcing of gemstones from around the world.

It delights me to see women of individual character wear my unique creations.  Jewelry should be as precious and one-of-a-kind as the women who wear it.”
Sterling Silver and Blue Stingray
Leather Cuff Bracelet

2013 Jewelry Trend AlertSanchez rounds out the year’s style trends with beautiful organic silhouettes, and of course vibrant gemstones that include the top gemstone trend green emeralds. 
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