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Designer Picks: Jewelry Gallery at Marissa Collections

The Florida boutique, renowned for its fine jewellery, presents its list of designers to watch

When it comes to all that glitters, Jay Hartington knows what he’s talking about. ‘The level of jewellery we house demands expert knowledge in order to give the service our customers expect and deserve,’ the gallery manager (and son of the Marissa Collections founders) says. ‘Gemological education is imperative for us.’ The gallery has a non-site gemologist and features statement pieces incorporating everything from rare coloured gems to fossilised walrus tusks.

Jay and his team are quick to spot new designers, while making sure that no two pieces are the same. ‘We’re very selective,’ Jay explains. ‘We make sure not to carry designers that are too similar and we keep the collections focused. We look for fine jewellery that our clients can incorporate into their personal style.’

Monique Pean

Jay says: ‘Monique Pean pieces are not only beautiful, but also eco-friendly. She only uses rare and sustainable materials [such as] fossilised woolly mammoth, fossilised walrus ivory and sustainable buffalo horn. The gold is recycled and the diamonds are conflict free. Her jewellery is luxury with a conscience.’

Tamara Comolli

Jay says: ‘Tamara Comolli is all about casual chic, and for a resort town like Naples [Florida] that fits perfectly. The jewellery is sporty, but polished and refined showing excellent craftsmanship. Tamara's pieces can be worn every day but transcend easily into evening.’

Irene Neuwirth

Jay says: ‘Her use of colour and arrangement is excellent. Irene can do a statement piece like no other and has a great eye for mixing colours in an unexpected way.’

Arunashi

Jay says: ‘I recommend Arunashi for his fine quality and unusual gemstones, such as Kashmir sapphires, Paraiba tourmaline, rare conch and clam pearls, which he pairs with fine coloured stones and unusual metals like carbon fibre, titanium and Corian. The end result is a surprising twist and a creative approach to traditional jewellery.’

Mattia Cielo

Jay says: ‘Mattia Cielo creates wearable architecture that's sensually modern. He combines 18k gold with titanium,producingx flexible pieces that move effortlessly.’

Words by Beatrix Zwart. Illustrations by Larissa Haily Aguado