Designers draw inspiration from countless things the world over that captivates them. Travel, memorable life events, the physical world around us, even certain stones themselves can spark a fire in the creative mind of a true jewelry artist.
This month we feature jade; an ancient gemstone that resonates with today’s jewelry collectors as well. Early discoveries in Asia, Mesoamerica and India made this rich stone a valuable asset to royalty and influential leaders in those cultures. Perhaps its timeless appeal is one of the traits that keep jade in the forefront of important jewelry collections even now.
We recently caught up with celebrated designer Yehouda Saketkhou, CEO of Yael Designs to learn more about his attraction to jade dominating one of his most impressive pieces in this material to date. His striking jade and yellow sapphire ear pendants are thoroughly modern yet give a nod to classic form. “I love creating pieces inspired by art and architecture from around the world. The intricate pattern of these green jade earrings reminds me of traditional architecture found in Southeast Asia,” he reveals.
As a talented designer who understands the female psyche, Saketkhou maintains a strong sense of what appeals to knowledgeable collectors. “At Yael Designs, we like to create pieces for a sophisticated woman who wants something truly unique. These earrings are classic in their shape, but bring a cutting edge, innovative twist through the use of rare materials,” he tells us.
But it takes a discerning eye and cultivated understanding of the material to pull this off. “Very few fine jewelry brands are working with jade,” Saketkhou points out. “This is definitely a statement piece that no one else will have.”
The Naples jewelry collector is a fully orbed woman who surrounds herself with quality in every area of her life. Her home as well as her personal accessories reflects this approach to thoughtfully surrounding herself with beauty. Yael’s original creations like the jade earrings shown here are a perfect fit for this life well lived.
We think you’ll enjoy a leisurely drive some beautiful afternoon to Estero. Stop by The Diamond District and ask for a personal preview of some of Yael’s evocative creations. You’ll be inspired yourself.