Westporter Barbara Ross-Innamorati is founder of EVOCATEUR, handmade jewelry and accessories with 22K gold leaf and sterling silver leaf. “Each piece conjures a story that’s yours to tell,” she notes, “tales of ancient times and memories of favorite places.” Her designs feature a refined eclecticism that reflects a love of the traditional and ancient blended with the modern and contemporary. Her designs are inspired by art, travel and fashion. She and her artisans gild and burnish each piece by hand using a proprietary technique. EVOCATEUR can be found in fine stores worldwide, including Lux Bond & Green (136 Main St.; lbgreen.com).
Rex Cuff, B&W Stripes Cuff, Chantal Cuff and Harlequin Cuff ($348 each)
Loriann Friedman, the Westport jewelry designer behind LORIANN, pieces that call on nature’s beauty and pulls on the heartstrings of vintage finds. She expresses her love of all things created by Mother Nature and that have been uniquely transformed by the passing of time. In making her jewelry, she uses art, artifacts and treasured gemstones. She notes that “buying a piece of jewelry is an emotional experience, reflecting the personality of the woman.” She’s absolutely right. Find her gorgeous, thoughtful pieces at Mitchells (670 Post Rd. E.; shop.mitchellstores.com).
Sterling Silver Oval Black Spinel Drop Earrings ($2,775)
GIRL’S BEST FRIEND
There are elaborate wonders, ornate and complex, that shine the bright spotlight on their creator’s mastery. Then there are others that in their exquisite refinement exhibit the quiet confidence and presence of their designer. For an example of the latter, behold the gorgeous blue diamond on rose gold necklace by Jamie Camche. One look feels like falling in love at first sight—perfection that lingers. Find it at her store, JL Rocks (292 Post Rd. E.; jlrocks.com).
While you’re there, also check out the Devon Woodhill Half Cuffs created by Westport designer Melissa Levy. Using rose, yellow or white gold, she creates jewelry that features inlaid diamonds that can be custom designed. Find her collection, including pretty lockets, at JL Rocks or Bungalow (both in Westport); devonwoodhill.com.
Blue diamonds on 14K rose gold ($575)
18K Devon Woodhill Half Cuffs with diamonds ($3,650, includes engraving)
PAVé THE WAY
Lera Jewels (lerajewels.com) are popular in town. Not only is designer Ronit Tarshis a longtime Westport resident, but also her work masterfully showcases pavé diamonds and gems in gold or silver distinctively. The bracelet below, for example, comes in black, gray, taupe or olive silk ties that are interchangeable and versatile. “You can change the ribbon to match what you’re wearing,” says Tarshis. “Wear them with the most elegant evening wear or casual jeans and a T-shirt.” Find Lera jewelry at Bianca Boutique (420 Post Rd. W; shopbiancaboutique.com). Ronit also gives back, such as wrist ties for Phoebe’s Phriends ($20 at WishList and at Groove, both in Westport.)
26mm pave diamond silk ribbon wrap bracelet ($1,050)