Los Angeles-based designer Kathryn Bentley is not only supremely talented (scroll down for proof), she's also extremely creative: she draws inspiration from unusual corners of art, history, and ancient symbols, then turns them into rings, bracelets, and necklaces in surprising and delightful ways. We had the pleasure of visiting her sunny Silver Lake store where it's clear that her impeccable taste also extends to interior design.
Bentley is passionate about outfitting the full range of jewelry lovers, from those who can afford her eponymous fine jewelry to the ones for whom the Dream Collective pieces are more realistic right now. After all, she notes with a humble laugh, "not everybody's got the budget for that $9,200 ring." (If only….) Here, she shares five of her favorite pieces from her two lines.
1. Octagon Ring
This is my favorite piece in the collection: a rose-cut diamond ring with opal inlay and pavé diamonds. It's inspired by Victorian-era jewelry, without being derived directly from it. This piece is very elegant, but it's not too much of a statement. The way that the diamond is set really low, without prongs, means it's more comfortable to wear.
2. Third Eye Brooch
I've found that so many people want some sort of talisman or symbolic thing to keep with them, and the third eye represents the protective eye to ward off bad spirits. I do love the history of it: it's a cultural, symbolic thing, and I hope I'm doing it justice with my brooch version.
3. Margaret Ring
I'm obsessed with enamel. I've been using enamel since I started making jewelry, and I usually use cobalt blue, because it's just so classic, and very royal. The name of the ring actually comes from my grandmother. She was such a special person to me. This would be the ring I would give her if she was still alive. I can see a grandmother wearing it, or somebody young—it's timeless in the sense that it could go on any hand.
4. Noguchi Cuff
Isamu Noguchi, who the cuff is named after, is such an inspiring person to me. This bracelet is a reference to one of his sculptures.
5. Florentine Ring
I'm really drawn to emerald-cut stones, and, naturally, I think emeralds are the perfect stones to be cut that way. This ring has both masculine and feminine vibes. The scale texture on the side of the ring is based off the design of medieval scale armor.
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