MEET THE DESIGNERS BEHIND THE COLLECTIONS

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UNHADA

The jewelry of Unhada (pronounced oonada) perfectly embodies this by fusing lyrical designs with rare and unusual gemstones. Unhada is the creation of Jocelyn Prestia whose underlying belief is that fine jewelry should be a flight into fantasy.

Unhada was born during Jocelyn’s years as an expat in Bangkok where she relocated from New York to study at the Gemological Institute of America. Originally a writer, Jocelyn planned to open an antique jewelry store in order to tell the untold tales of antique jewels. But Bangkok, the colored gemstone capital of the world, opened a door to an amazing world of rare and unusual gems and Jocelyn soon found that the stones themselves, like a good story, had souls with tales to tell.

Building relationships with rare gem dealers, Jocelyn started to combine her first love of storytelling with her new love of gems to create the unique aesthetic that is Unhada. Whether Pamir spinel from deep within the mountains of Tajikistan, or color-change garnets with their deceptive hues, the more unusual the stone, the more interesting the story.

Exploring fairy tale themes and drawing inspiration from both the lands of antique jewelry, Unhada is an eclectic blend of cultures and worlds. While the pieces are intricate with many delicate and unexpected details, the lines of Unhada remain simple and the result is wearable magic whose charmed and unusual combinations can be worn in everyday life.

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WALTERS FAITH

Founded in 2013 by designer Mollie Faith Good and her business partner Stephanie Walters Abramow, Walters Faith melds the elegance of timeless jewelry with the principles of modern design. From a young age Mollie was drawn to jewelry. Inspired by everything from classic architecture to the world of modern art, her pieces are bold yet thoughtfully created for effortless sophistication. She prefers classic pencil sketching to computer-assisted design, affording her a more visceral relationship with her work. Many pieces feature an elongated hexagon, a design signature derived from the mirror image of the Walters Faith logo.

Formally trained in metalsmithing and design at The University of Michigan and The Gemological Institute of America, Mollie’s notable forays into jewelry-making include turns at Fred Leighton, Kwiat, and Ivanka Trump as well as an eponymous collection of fine and bespoke jewelry.

Stephanie, a Graduate Gemologist with a business degree from Cornell University also brings a wealth of experience, dedication and industry savvy to the collaboration. Dubbing the collection Walters Faith, a combination of Mollie and Stephanie’s middle names, indicates just how personally and passionately tied they are to each piece.

Walters Faith is designed to make women feel confident and beautiful.  These wearable, timeless creations are a synthesis of bold & fine.  With its deceptively simple settings and exquisite details, the collection creates an appeal that all women can appreciate.

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MEIRA T

The beauty of nature and the buzz of New York City come together in the work of Meira Tugendhaft; the designer of fine jewelry brand Meira T. Meira is a vivacious woman who lives to create, design, and manifest fine jewelry. Her collection reflects her European upbringing (Germany and Belgium), her love for fashion, and her passion for world travel. For the past 30 years Meira has called New York her home.  In the heart of midtown Manhattan Meira T designs her collection which utilize 14 and 18 karat gold, diamonds, and colored gemstones. Her favorite things include strolling in Central Park with her dog, eating Italian food, and spending quality time with her family. In fact her two daughters Nurielle, director of business development and Brigitte, assistant-designer both work with Meira T keeping the essence of the brand young and fresh.

Meira T’s partner in business and life, Tobie Tugendhaft, has a rich history in the diamond and colored gemstone industry. Tobie sources all of the brand’s special stones, many of which have been incorporated into Meira T’s collection. Meira T’s trademarked off-centered charms as well as her feminine, wearable, and modern jewels have cultivated a cult-like following. A-list celebrities and models can be spotted wearing Meira T in magazines, TV shows, and movies. Meira T can be purchased in fine independent jewelry retailers as well as department stores worldwide.