Whereas tremendous jewels are treasured by those that put on them, and appreciated by those that view them, jewels glow particularly vivid whereas their shimmer delights in the course of the brief, darkish days of winter. As Winter Solstice (the shortest day of the yr) is right here on December twenty first, this author is shining a lightweight on impartial jewellery designers and the L.A. boutique that champions their dazzling and uncommon creations: West Hollywood’s ROSEARK.
Based in 2003 by Kathy and Rick Rose, ROSEARK is curated by Artistic Director Kathy Rose, who additionally collaborates with choose designers on unique, restricted version items for her boutique. Hidden behind excessive hedges and an digital safety gate, the trendy fortress of ROSEARK is located in a wood-floored home that’s stuffed with curated rooms of tremendous and uncommon jewellery. Open solely by appointment, Rose and her group additionally work one-on-one with stylists who supply jewels for leisure business stars like Miley Cyrus and Alanis Morissette, together with globally beloved actors like Kristian Nairn, who performs Hodor on Sport of Thrones and can be a progressive home/trance DJ. In between analyzing a few of ROSEARK’s most radiant items, together with poetic jewels from the Los Angeles-based manufacturers Queen Vee, House of RAVN by Angela Kroeger, plus One Moon Cashmere x Kathy Rose, this author and Rose mentioned find out how to have a good time Winter Solstice.
“Certainly, Rose famous, “It’s been a tricky yr for all of us, so take a while to meditate each morning to give attention to the great that you are able to do, and the issues that you’re grateful for. Doing this helps set a gradual basis for the day.” On the night of December twenty first, Rose really useful, “Flip off the electrical lights and have a good time Winter Solstice by having fun with your dinner by candlelight.” One other approach to honor Life this time of yr, Rose recommended, is to present again to Nature. “Plant a tree or a shrub, or give somebody you like some dwelling greenery.” For these wanting extra inspiration data, nonetheless, right here’s a round-up of ROSEARK jewels to brighten the season, and uplift your gift-giving.
Queen Vee’s founder and designer Veronica Boertée,” Rose detailed, “understands how and why individuals put on jewellery for extremely private causes. I believe Queen Vee jewels, like her Virgin Mary pendants and rings, attraction to so a lot of all ages and genders as a result of they make statements as adornments, but additionally function poetic items that make them really feel protected.” When requested if she implies that some individuals put on Queen Vee jewels like our ancestors wore amulets and talismans, Rose says, “Completely sure, twenty first century talismans is what Queen Vee designs and creates— and the Virgin Mary pendant necklaces are even fabricated in Italy, which is a rustic with a protracted and wealthy custom of carrying cash, spiritual medals and charms for good luck.” Based in Beirut, Lebanon in 2010, Queen Vee is now headquartered in Los Angeles. Its jewels are worn by tastemakers and elegance superstars like Rihanna, Bella Hadid, Jada Pinkett Smith and Kate Bosworth.
As Rose described, “Queen Vee’s signature motif, ‘The Stinger’, is modeled after the Queen Bee insect. Because the powerhouse of the hive,” Rose continues, “the Queen is often the mom of all of the bees in its area. The Stinger makes for a visually placing and timeless motif that fits all genders. Individuals put on it on the pink carpet with robes as effectively with on a regular basis outfits.” (Emitting a refined, post-punk vibe that’s eternally in model, the Stinger is accessible in bracelet, necklace and earring designs.) Different standout Queen Vee items embody Virgin Mary necklaces, made in Italy and gleaming in 18-karat gold and white diamonds, plus Virgin Mary rings, that are 18-karat gold set with black diamonds.
One of many many causes that jewellery makes such a tremendous reward, Rose ventured, “…is due to the wonder and symbolism it might probably include. I believe that jewellery capabilities as extra than simply adornment as a result of jewellery is one thing that lives on our our bodies, and many people put on our favourite items even after we sleep, bathe or swim.” In keeping with Rose, “The truth that we actually stay with our jewellery explains why so many people really feel such a powerful thoughts/physique/emotional connection to it. Sure jewellery is gorgeous and sure it might probably adorn us,” she continued, “however as a result of jewellery involves us via individuals and moments that we treasure, it additionally incorporates feelings, private tales and reminiscences which can be perpetually filled with which means.”
The intrinsic which means embodied by Home of RAVN jewels is particularly wealthy resulting from the truth that its designer, Angela Kroeger, works along with her husband Mike Kroeger, who’s a gemologist in addition to the bass participant for the Canadian rock band Nickelback. (Because it occurs, Nickelback has offered greater than fifty million albums worldwide.)
“Characterised by boldly scaled and gender-fluid designs, intensely vibrant coloured gems and refreshing visible attraction, Home of RAVN is the most recent incarnation of Angelea Kroeger’s jewellery making,” Rose recounted. “Angela discovered find out how to be a silver smith from her grandmother when she was a 20-year-old artwork pupil in Vancouver. She carved her personal waxes, apprenticed with a number of Vancouver jewelers and created items that helped assist her husband Mike whereas he pursued his musical profession.” After Nickelback turned a world success, Kroeger stepped away from full-time jewelry-making to tour the world with Mike, and lift their youngsters. “Now that Angela lives in Los Angeles, she is returning to jewellery making and nonetheless carves her personal wax fashions,” Rose stated. “You possibly can see and really feel her expert hand in each Home of RAVN piece.”
Gentle as a feather and vivid as the celebrities within the sky, the Feather Moon pendant collaboration between ROSEARK & One Moon Cashmere is, in keeping with Rose, “An 18-karat gold jewel through which the fantastic thing about the crescent moon unites with, and is amplified by, a golden feather motif.” Created in collaboration with One Moon founder Tara Mercurio, “We each love the best way a star-dusting of tiny diamonds provides natural dazzle to this round decoration of lunar energy,” Rose stated. Intriguingly, every Feather Moon pendant is bathed in moonlight in order that they jewel is infused with lunar energies. Designed and made in California with the misplaced wax casting methodology, this design can be obtainable in sterling silver. As Rose relates, “Tara Mercurio and I each adore moon jewellery as a result of along with illuminating the evening sky, revealing earth’s contours and activating ocean tides, the moon additionally symbolizes cosmic feminine energies and intuitive information in lots of cultural traditions. We additionally love feather jewels, as a result of feathers assist energy flight and symbolize the liberty to fly,” she provides.
It’s price noting right here that ROSEARK has lengthy carried varied heritage jewellery manufacturers. This winter, Rose famous, “We’re presenting richly-hued coloured gemstone designs by the New York-based Goshwara, designed by Sweta Jain, who comes from a household of Indian gem purveyors. As youngsters,” Rose recounted, “Sweta and her brother accompanied their father to gemstone mines. They grew up witnessing the journey of gems as they advanced from uncooked supplies into stones that had been artfully lower after which included into elegant adornments.” Jain later studied jewellery design at New York’s Style Institute of Expertise. “Between Sweta’s sensible design aesthetic, top quality gems and her sense of coloration, Goshwara is a extremely distinctive jeweler,” Rose noticed.
Different vibrantly coloured jewels on supply at ROSEARK embody the brightly enameled Hamsa, Coronary heart, Evil Eye and Star necklaces from J By Boghossian. These in search of extra sculpturally avant-garde jewels can be spoiled for selection by the designs of Perez Bitan, Hanut Singh, Yakira Rona, Gintare and Karma El Khalil. Final however not least, hyper-natural designs such because the rose gold and diamond Small Dozen Roses necklace by Rick Rose plus fowl and fish-inspired jewels by Manya and Roumen are all extremely covetable; instantaneous heirlooms.
In keeping with Rose, “We exist due to the dynamic designers who work with us and the loyal shoppers around the globe who assist our artistic efforts. This permits us to collaborate with jewelers and different designers, like One Moon Cashmere and Kristian Nairn, to create restricted version jewels.” (Nairn and Rose are engaged on a gold and diamond broom necklace that can be obtainable in early 2022.) What’s extra, she added, “As a few of our designers have been with us for over a decade, we proceed to evolve in tandem. I’m taking the event of the Winter Solstice to want our designers, clients and all jewellery lovers radiant gentle, radiant well being and peace within the coming yr.”