The Bold and the Beautiful

What W’s Jewelry and Accessories Director, Claudia Mata, is fantasizing about this month.


When I met Lola Burstein Rykiel, I was instantly mesmerized by her personal jewelry collection­­ (left. Who wouldn’t love a girl who has not one but two diamond-encrusted smiley-face bracelets? And though she has acquired pieces from Wilfredo Rosado, David Webb, and Van Cleef & Arpels, her favorite is a sentimental one—a vintage ring given to her by her fashion-icon grandmother Sonia.


I’ve had Coomi’s beautiful yellow-gold pieces on my radar since she began creating them about 10 years ago. So I was thrilled to discover that she’s now applying her exotic aesthetic to a new, sterling silver diffusion line, which includes these stacking bracelets adorned with multicolor gems like iolite, diamond, tsavorite, spinel, and garnet. (left $1,100– $2,900, Neiman Marcus, 888.888.4757)


My favorite trend right now is the pairing of mint-hued stones with beautiful opals. (Clockwise from left: Dior Fine Jewelry 18k yellow gold, platinum, opal, turquoise, emerald, amethyst, garnet, sapphire, and diamond ring, price upon request, 800.929.DIOR; Wendy Yue turquoise, opal, sapphire, and diamond earrings, $12,690, Stanley Korshak, Dallas, 214.871.3720; Irene Neuwirth opal, chrysoprase, and diamond necklace, price upon request,


It’s hard to believe how airy De Beers’s new Flight ring (right) looks, given the quantity of its diamonds: 75 baguettes, 346 round brilliants, 18 pear-cuts, and the 4-carat center stunner. (Price upon request,


I love that Parulina’s wicked-looking earrings, with their spectacular 22-carat amethysts (left), are cheekily named Anne Boleyn, after the ill-fated queen who was, as designer Parul Kuki Seth puts it, “beautiful but quite crooked.” (18k pink gold, black silver, amethyst, and diamond earrings, $7,750, Ikram, Chicago, 312.587.1000)


David Yurman has just started making bespoke charm necklaces—when you buy one, you get time in the studio designing it with his jeweler son, Evan Yurman (pictured). Evan and I recently pored over scores of his vintage cross charms to find just the thing for me—but if your tastes run a bit more outside the box, he’ll scour the market or create a custom charm to suit your whims. (Price upon request, David Yurman, New York, 212.752.4255)