The Aesthetic: Art historian-turned-jewelry designer Randi Mates creates pieces that are by turns sculptural and architectural, part archeological excavation, part sci-fi. Mates works largely with metals and semiprecious stones; one knockout collection featured large Brazilian gems cut into geometric forms.
Current Inspiration: “Marie Antoinette's obsession with ribbons and the acts of levée and couchée, or the ritualized public dressings the French court under Louis XV was subjected to daily, wherein they were groomed and dressed in front of an audience in both the morning and the evening.” – Mates
Ideal Client: “Marie Antoinette. Barring her, Tilda Swinton.”
Where to buy: Aesa, Barneys New York