Nina RunsdorfNew York
To say she’s precocious is putting it mildly. Nina Runsdorf has been designing jewellery since she was 12, when she debuted her first collection in the kitchen of her family home in upstate New York. A career in fashion briefly diverted her, but she inevitably returned to her first love. Runsdorf’s inherent instinct for stones and how to show them off runs through everything she does. There’s the flirtatiously fun Flip ring, with its central stone that dances back and forth as the wearer’s hand move. Then the extraordinary slice diamonds – wafer-thin laser-cut pieces of rough stone – that Runsdorf discovered on a trip to India. Guided by her belief that every stone has a personality, each piece in her collection has a special energy and a sense of playfulness so often lost in fine jewellery. It is as if she never lost the joyful passion for jewels that was first ignited in her kitchen in upstate New York.
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