New Faces at Fragments

My favorite part of my work is discovering and supporting talent in the jewelry world–every season it always amazes me how many incredible new designers emerge with gorgeous collections and new points of view. This spring we welcomed many new and wonderful designers to our boutique and website, and I’d love to share them with you.

Eddie Borgo

Triangle Collar, $390

Triangle Collar, $390

Eddie Borgo was the darling of this year’s Met Gala with his modern punk designs, which graced the likes of Hailee Steinfeld, Sienna Miller, and Cara Delevigne. His sleek cuffs, spiky earrings and stunning collars will add the perfect bit of sparkle and edge to any wardrobe.

Elizabeth Cole

Lemon Mohawk Earrings, $240

Lemon Mohawk Earrings, $240

Bold, bright and beautiful are how we would describe Stephanie Owen’s Elizabeth Cole line, though there’s so much more to say about her vintage-inspired statement pieces. With an of-the-moment palette of colors and silhouettes that are universally gorgeous, the line has something perfect for everyone.

Syna

Syna Champagne Diamond Bauble Bangle, $4,000

Syna Champagne Diamond Bauble Bangle, $4,000

Syna means “together”, and the husband and wife team behind this New Jersey-based line are a perfect pair. Dharmesh and Namrata started their jewelry business in 2003 shortly after moving to America from their native India. Since then, they’ve created a colorful line of gemstone pieces that are as sweet as they are collectible.

Vita Fede

Rose Titan Bracelet, $275

Rose Titan Bracelet, $275

Cynthia Sakai’s Vita Fede line has gained a cult following since 2009, and with good reason–their sleek Titan, Cubo, Cono and Circolo bracelets are available in any color you could ever need and are perfectly wearable everyday and for every occasion. Here at Fragments we haven’t taken ours off yet!

Zeira

Oxidized Silver and White Topaz Mehndi Earrings, $995

Oxidized Silver and White Topaz Mehndi Earrings, $995

Sami Zeira has spent years studying ancient techniques in goldsmithing and jewelry making, and it certainly shows. From his sparkling stackable rings to his showstopping pendants, Zeira’s his pieces are uniquely glamorous.

Let us help you find your favorite new designer–call us at 212-334-9588 to contact our personal shoppers, shop our collections at www.fragments.com or visit us at our Manhattan SoHo boutique at 110 Greene Street!

Love,

Janet

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Designer Spotlight: Vanessa Montiel

Good morning, everyone!

First, I want to thank all of you for your constant love and support. We have received a great response to the blog and I am so happy about it. Please continue sending me your thoughts, ideas and questions. Remember, Fragments’ fans and customers are so important to me and I want to make this an exciting experience for all of my readers.

Today, I am featuring Fragments designer Vanessa Montiel, known for her signature collection hand carved from Water Buffalo Horn. A powerful material, permeated with spiritual energy. Vanessa’s collection is extremely special because she not only creates unique and beautiful jewelry, but every piece is eco-friendly. She refers to her business as “socially conscious” and a business that encourages independence for local women.

Oprah is just one of Vanessa’s many celebrity fans and has been spotted wearing a pair of her earrings on several occasions, including on the cover of her magazine! I respect and admire Vanessa for the powerful message behind her brand, and I am thrilled to share her with you. Vanessa had a lot of fun answering my “20 questions,” and I know you will enjoy her answers as much as I did.

1. What is your greatest indulgence?

Disappearing by boat for weeks on end into the Indian Ocean, while looking for that perfect uncrowded surf spot! Living half the year in Bali has its perks!

2. Tell me your biggest fear.

My biggest fear is having to do the same thing over and over again.

3. Your favorite red carpet moment of all time?

Ive always been one for underdog, so maybe the cast of Slumdog Millionaires hitting the rad carpet in glee.

4. Your most treasured piece of jewelry, and why?

My most treasured piece of jewelry came from a Candy machine long ago, its fun and its playful and I can take it anywhere. It makes people laugh!

5. White gold, yellow gold or mix it all up?

Definitely mix it all up!

6. Who is your favorite fictional character?

Jeannie, there is something appealing about a woman who can make anything appear or disappear at the wink of an eye. Plus, she lives in a glamorous bottle that travels through space and time.

7. Your greatest love is…

My greatest love is the ocean and Bali, the people and her culture.

8. Who is your hero?

Hmm… Amelia Earhart or Bethany Hamilton. Both are adventures pioneering women.

9. Who is your favorite jewelry designer?

Annette Ferdinandsen, her work is so sculptural, elegant and organic.

10. Who do you most admire, alive or deceased?

Absolutely hands down, my great aunt Osiris Arias. She was an incredible awe inspiring woman who gave me the courage to follow my dreams and never stop.

11. Your favorite movie?

Let’s go with Black Orpheus, I have a weakness for Brazil with all of its complexities and passion.

12. Newspapers & magazines: print or online?

Most definitely print, a newspaper in the morning with a good cup of joe!

13. Your favorite ice cream flavor?

Chocolate and Cinnamon, it reminds me of my great grandmothers cooking.

14. Facebook or Twitter?

Facebook, I have yet to jump on the twitter wagon.

15. Style icon?

Audrey Hepburn, style maven of all time.

16. If you could design a piece of jewelry right now, based on your current mood and surroundings, what would it be?

Well, it would have to unfold into 100 stories. So, it would be some form of a magical container carved out of my favorite… horn, which then would contain painted stories coiled into a prayer wheel form, with loose diamonds and a little window to let the sun in!

17. Black or white?

It depends, on the season.

18. The best part of New York City is…

The diversity of artist and talent living in one small area throbbing with possibility.

19. Tell me your greatest asset and your biggest flaw.

An insatiable curiosity coupled with independence. Yet, that same thirst makes it hard to commit to anyone thing!

20. If you could have any piece from Fragments, what would it be (other than your own jewelry?)

That’s a tough one, but probably Gurhan jewelry.

Here are a couple of images of Vanessa’s jewelry. She has also just launched a great collection for Bergdorf Goodman 5F!

What do you think of Vanessa Montiel’s jewelry and how would you wear it? I look forward to hearing from you.

xoxo,

Janet

Designer Spotlight: Moritz Glik

Hello everyone! Hope you are all getting ready for Spring, I’m definitely feeling it and super excited.

So, I wanted to continue where I left off yesterday when I told you if I were attending the Oscars, I would be decked out in Moritz Glik jewelry. Moritz creates some of the most exquisite fine jewelry in the world and makes any woman feel glamorous, tres chic and unique.

I will include some images at the end of this post, but you can also view pieces from his collection on our website, Moritz Glick at Fragments. Last week, I had the pleasure of sitting down with Moritz and asked him the same questions that I was asked just a few weeks ago. We had so much fun together and I am thrilled to share his answers with you.

What is your greatest indulgence? chocolate

Tell me your biggest fear. fire

Your most treasured piece of jewelry, and why? My fathers ring that I wear all the time

White gold, yellow gold or mix it all up? Mix it all up

Who is your favorite fictional character? Sherlock holmes

Your greatest love is…my boyfriend

Who is your hero? gandhi

Who is your favorite jewelry designer? Sevan Bicakci

Who do you most admire, alive or deceased? My parents

Your favorite movie? Moulin Rouge

Newspapers & magazines: print or online? Print

Your favorite ice cream flavor? Vanilla swiss almond

Facebook or Twitter? Facebook

Style icon? David Bowie

If you could design a piece of jewelry right now, based on your current mood and surroundings, what would it be? It would be a ring with lots of rose cut diamonds

Black or white? I like them together

The best part of New York City is...the mix of cultures

Tell me your greatest asset and your biggest flaw. Hardworker/workaholic

If you could have any piece from Fragments, what would it be? Office space

Well, Moritz – we love you too and would love to have you here any day. As promised, here are some images of Moritz Glik jewelry – breathtaking, isn’t it?