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From distinctive pearls to minimalist designs and sustainable practices, we’ve scoured some of the world’s best fine and fashion jewelry boutiques — from Paris’ White Bird to Uzerai in Warsaw — for new-season trend advice. Shop their key pieces here, all available to buy via FARFETCH.
Where to buy responsibly-made jewelry: White Bird, France
White Bird boutique holds sustainability as one of its main pillars, selecting only the finest ethical jewelry brands for its three fine jewelry stores in Paris. ‘Since day 1, we have chosen designers who have the same concerns as we do,’ says founder and president Stephanie Roger, who emphasizes the importance of materials, company structure and manufacturing processes.
White Bird’s conscious highlights for this season include necklaces from Pippa Small — ‘a classic that [the designer] makes in different colors, with carefully selected stones to ensure harmony’ — a Wwake opal ring, and a Polly Wales diamond and sapphire ring. ‘Wwake has recently changed its way of designing jewels in order to be in line with a very rigorous ethical sourcing process involving miners themselves,’ notes Roger. ‘For our own in-house brand White Bird, we have decided to work with a small workshop in Thailand managed by a French man who is very concerned by the working conditions and professional fulfilment of his team. We use local gold because Thailand has banned the use of chemicals in the extraction of gold.’
Where to buy fashion jewelry: Eleonora Bonucci, Italy
Located in the medieval city of Viterbo, Eleonora Bonucci draws on its 20 years of experience to curate the finest selection of established and contemporary brands, sourced from Italy and around the globe. Coupled with an expert team, it’s the perfect destination for the season’s best fashion jewelry designs. Standout pieces this season, recommends store manager Beatrice Comotti, are classic hoop earrings from Bottega Veneta, crystal-embellished Greca and Medusa earrings from Versace, as well as the highly coveted lighter necklace from AMBUSH: ‘They are all in line with their brand’s aesthetics as well as with current jewelry trends,’ she says.
Where to buy minimal jewelry: Marissa Collections, US
Situated in the heart of the affluent Naples district in Southwest Florida, Marissa Collections boutique is where jewelry dreams come true. ‘Throughout the last year, our customers have transitioned to more stay-at-home comfort clothing with an emphasis on jewelry, primarily because of the timeless component of gold and gemstones,’ says the boutique’s CEO, Jay Hartington. ‘Minimal jewelry should be versatile enough to be worn every day — Dana Rebecca huggies or beaded necklaces from Gigi Clozeau are prime examples,’ he continues. Another jewelry designer to note is Anita Ko, renowned for ‘collections that are wearable in both day-to-day elegance and red-carpet glam.’ Look to the brand’s Safety Pin earring for a subtle yet unconventional look.
Where to buy pearls: Uzerai, Poland
Housed in the Metropolitan building, designed by Sir Norman Foster, and surrounded by the deep history of Warsaw, Uzerai boutique is a fitting destination for exquisite pearl jewelry designs. ‘Our clients tend to look for unique, one-of-a-kind pieces, which irregular baroque pearls answer to,’ explains Uzerai’s founder Piotr Walasek. ‘When it comes to pearls, Mizuki Goltz and her eponymous brand need no introduction. Mizuki is the brand for modern pearls, perfectly blending classical elegance and understatement with a fashion-forward attitude. I also love the sharpness and precision of Delfina Delettrez and her juxtaposition of pearls and diamonds, such as a perfect Australian pearl set against an exquisite trillion diamond for a striking effect.’