A former-fashion-insider-turned-jewelry-designer, Jessica Surloff adeptly mixes rare color, silhouette, and high-karat gold and rocks them with meaning. In gemstone lore sapphires represent strength and wisdom, rubies are a token of fire, and aquamarines bestow happiness and eternal youth. Surloff’s settings resemble crowns—the universal symbol of power. The CROWN collection is meant to make a woman feel special—from the moment she sets eyes on the jewel.
Surloff’s designs have a bold look: A star-sapphire ring is every bit the knuckle-duster with the center-stone weighing a whopping 15-carats and a cascade of diamonds accenting the shoulders of the shank. The designer seeks out unusual gems: Peruvian pink opals are set off in a chain link necklace that pairs lady-like delicacy with a city-girl vibe. Toss it on and go just about anywhere. The designer is big believer in making jewelry that women will wear—daily. Closet-jewelry like closet-dresses—you know the ones that hang on the rod way in the back where they don’t see the light of day—don’t figure in her analysis. For Surloff, jewelry is meant to be worn—and often. And she has a point. If you are to be empowered by a gorgeous 11-carat purple star-sapphire, it has to be on your finger and not in the pretty box it came in.
A native New Yorker with cultural leanings towards the arts and fashion, Surloff applies her experience to the Crown collection. It’s a creative fusion of colored gemstones and diamonds. Bezel settings cradle each stone so that it is held securely and yet also imparts a mysterious quality to the design: the gem seems to glow from within. Notably, diamonds are used as sculptural accents incorporated into the mounting—a clever way of showcasing the designer’s proprietary settings.
As for the wearing of her jewelry, Surloff makes that easy. One of her rings goes from day to evening without a second thought. An armful of her Crown stackable bracelets makes for a breezy look against bare summer skin. Styling a little black dress with a pair of Peach Morganite and diamond drops or Surloff’s multistone bracelet has the kind of off-the-cuff-yet-polished nuance that is effortless. Talismanic and precious, Jessica Surloff’s CROWN collection offers women a way to rule the world, meaningfully.