Dover Street Market
I started my ring search at Dover Street Market for a few reasons. First, anyone who has been to any of the Dover Street Market locations knows that they are like playgrounds for adults. In New York specifically, taking the elevator to the top gives you a preview of the wonderful wackiness that awaits on each floor as you make your way back down.
Second, while they have a somewhat small jewelry collection, they know how to choose a great piece. I have always deeply coveted everything in those glass cases. So rather than go the traditional route of a big jewelry brand, I had to kick off the search here.
I was greeted by a very patient sales associate named Jennie. She was great, and stood by giving little tid bits of info every now and then as I asked to try on piece after piece.
We started with Maison Margiela. This was the first time I’d seen jewelry from Margiela and the pieces were as striking and delightfully unusual as you’d expect. The first was the Pompadour Split Ring, a bifurcated sapphire with diamond halo in 18k white gold ($4,600), not unlike the engagement ring worn by the Duchess of Cambridge, with a twist that would not be approved of by the Queen.
The second was another variation of this ring, the Pompadour Deconstructed, a similar 18k white gold sapphire with a deconstructed diamond halo ($2,900). I loved the cheeky play on the traditional in both of them.
Next up I tried a few styles from Suzanne Kalan whose designs are handmade in LA. I love how she focuses on combining baguette diamonds in intriguing ways. Each style comes together in a ‘whole is greater than the sum of its parts’ kind of way. The order of the rectangular setting ($2,750) complements the chaos of the fireworks setting ($2,375), both are 18k white gold.
And because you can at Dover Street Market, I went in a totally different direction and tried some styles from Defina Delettrez whose jewelry I’ve slightly been stalking. While being a talented designer herself, having launched her line in 2007 at the age of 19, it’s worth noting that Delettrez grew up around fashion and design as a member of the famous Fendi family.
While rendered in all types of traditional precious and semi-precious stones and metals that could carry an air of grandiosity, her designs instead convey a sense of amusement; they don’t take themselves too seriously. The Diamond Dots ring in white gold and diamonds ($6,750) made my budget look quaint, but I had to try it, and it was pretty spectacular.
The Magic Puppy ring ($1,755) in 18K yellow gold with orange and white topaz stones, a tiny diamond and a freshwater pearl was more manageable and quirky cute.
Overall, Dover Street did not disappoint. Each style was special and different in its own right. Definitely stop in if you’re looking for something original and eye catching. Since this was only my first stop, I haven’t found ‘the one’ yet, but these gems are still on my mind…