Born in Melbourne, Australia, Katherine Jetter exhibited her creativity early on when she received the top International Baccalaureate Art Prize for the Northern Hemisphere in 2001. Her parents were so proud they gave her a lovely, petite Australian opal as a gift, for which Jetter created the setting. Although she now resides in New Mexico, Jetter retains a special affection for the stone of her homeland. Inspired by the fiery opal as well as the expansive vistas of her new home, she combines opals and other precious stones with 18-karat gold into extraordinary pieces that are refined and sophisticated, yet make a beautiful statement.
Established by real life couple Nuttapon (Kenny) & Shar-linn, Kavant & Sharart weaves the opposing styles of each into a magnificent new genre. While Kenny leans towards an avant-garde, organic style, Shar-linn has a fascination with the Art Deco period and Oriental arts. Their contrast in design inspirations flows into a natural juxtaposition of geometric lines and subtle curves. The two are very hands-on, handling each jewel and working closely with the in-house workshops of local Thai artisans, including setters, jewelers, engravers, polishers and lapidaries. For the individualistic woman who sees her jewelry as an extension of herself, Kavant & Sharart offers the opportunity of discovery.
Before turning to jewelry, Sukamto honed her design prowess and knowledge as a fashion stylist in London and New York City. Her multinational upbringing including Indonesian, French, Filipino, and Chinese heritage inspire her aesthetic. Sukamto finds beauty in the imperfect, and her work reflects this philosophy. She gravitates towards colorful gems, especially the glorious emerald, as it is close to her heart. Her father gave it to her mother when they were dating, and now she wears it on a necklace. Additionally, the emerald, a soft gem, has imperfections in even the finest stones. Sukamto only uses the highest quality materials and natural gemstones, including Australian opals, Tahitian pearls and Thai sapphires and rubies. Uncommon and elegant, Sukamto pieces radiate glamour with cosmopolitan spice.
Kristin Hanson knew she wanted to make the world a little more beautiful with her designs since she was a young child. This passion only grew with time, driving her to study classical European jewelry for more than six years. Having studied in Colorado under legendary master goldsmith Harold O’Connor, Hanson later traveled to Florence, Italy to study with goldsmith Giampaulo Babbetto. Upon returning to New York once she completed her studies, Hanson’s passion for architecture and luxury were at an all-time high, breathing new life into her already celebrated designs. Since launching her brand, Hanson has explored femininity using precious metals and stones in exciting new ways. By combining contemporary designs with classical European goldsmith techniques, Hanson achieves innovative aesthetics that accentuate the natural beauty of the materials she uses. Her latest achievement, the Platinum Fashion Innovation Award at JCK in Las Vegas is just one of many achievements by this world-renowned designer.