Friday, May 2, 2014

Nicholas Varney - Elegant Whimsical Jewels

post by Christine Webb

Nicholas Varney jewelry is creative, elegant and even whimsical at times - but always beautiful - inspired from Earth's flora and fauna.  Each piece is crafted by hand with the utmost attention to style, quality and detail.  Nicholas Varney is inspired by nature, color and texture. The jewelry is both timely and timeless - something that can be difficult to achieve - but a true sign of fine jewelry. 

One of my very favorite designs is the Brick Bracelet.  Designed as a flexible cuff comprised of handmade "bricks" that stack together with amazing articulation forming a spectacular bracelet. This bracelet highlights natural black Penn shell pearls encrusted with pave-set round brilliant cut diamonds, tsavorite garnets and blue sapphires.  Each "brick" has a beautifully detailed high polish bow-motif grill on the reverse side.  The bracelet is done in 18k yellow and white gold with oxidized silver.  Each link, or "brick," is gorgeous on its own, but together they create a masterpiece.

Brick Bracelet: Penn shell pearl, tsavorite garnet, blue sapphire, diamonds, silver, 18k gold
Christine's Gem to Remember

Another magnificent Brick Bracelet, this time done in three rows with pink sapphires, moonstones and diamonds.  Again, the backside is finished beautifully; the attention to detail in each "brick" is outstanding.

Brick Bracelet: pink sapphires, diamonds, moonstone in18k gold

The mixing of gemstones and colors makes this bracelet extraordinary.  The shapes and colors of the opals are exceptional - accented with moonstones, yellow sapphires and diamonds. A "wall" of beauty!

Brick Bracelet: fire opal, moonstone, white opal, yellow sapphire, diamonds 18k gold