The Adventurine Posts 6 Jewelry Designers Who Will Be Huge in 2017

Clockwise from top left: Earrings by Annie Costello Brown, Earrings by Elie Top, Kirsten Dunst in Messika, Marla Aaron Lock, Emma Stone in Selim Mouzannar, Mateo earring

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6 Jewelry Designers Who Will Be Huge in 2017

Get to know them and their amazing work now

by Marion Fasel

There are a lot of exciting designers working in jewelry today.  The six listed here made a splash in 2016 and are sure to create great waves of excitement in the year to come.   These designers work in all manner of jewelry from couture to semi-fine and hail from all over the globe.  Get to know them and their work now.


Kristen Stewart and Zoë Kravitz in Messika diamond jewelry. Photo Messika; George Pimental/Getty Images

MESSIKA—Diamond jewelry for the twenty-first century has arrived

Messika has taken on a bold new look in the last couple years since the founder André Messika’s daughter, Valerie, began to steer the creative direction of the 45-year old French firm.  She has introduced confident new silhouettes featuring swirls of fancy shape diamonds.  During the course of the 2016 some of the most daring celebrities sported the dramatic high jewelry on the red carpet.  At the MET Gala, Zoë Kravitz put on the mesmerizing emerald-cut diamond Madison cuff.  Kristen Stewart stood out among the sea of couture fine jewelry in Messika’s Calypso ear cuff set with 33 pear shape diamonds at the 69th Cannes Film Festival.  Here’s hoping we see more of these surprising styles during Award Season in the months ahead.


Elie Top Diamond, silver and gold Mir earrings and Pluton earrings Photo via

ELIE TOP—French fine jewelry that looks forward and back

Elie Top launched his eponymous fine line in January of last year.  The talented Frenchman, who was responsible for the jewelry at Lanvin for 15-years, named his first collection Mécaniques Célestes.  Top told The New York Times “Each piece is made up of articulated compartments and interlocking cages that open and close, so the piece reveals itself gradually to show a centerpiece set with pavé diamonds, like a sparkling sun.”  While there is a 1920s or 30s vintage vibe to the jewelry, the modern technique of three-dimensional printing was used in the manufacturing process.  The designer has a magnificent salon in Paris located at 17 Rue Saint-Honoré.  A nice selection of Elie Top jewelry can be found online at

VENICE, ITALY - AUGUST 31: (EDITORS NOTE: Image has been desaturated.) Emma Stone attends the opening ceremony and premiere of 'La La Land' during the 73rd Venice Film Festival at Palazzo del Casino on August 31, 2016 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Alessandra Benedetti - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)

Emma Stone and Jennifer Lawrence in Selim Mouzannar jewels Photo Alessandra Benedetti/Getty Images and Han Myung-Gu/Wireimge

SELIM MOUZANNAR—Antique looks reimagined in an irresistible way

When two of the hottest millennial movie stars in the world wear pieces from one designer within six months you know the name is heating up.  Emma Stone wore Selim Mouzannar earrings and rings at the Venice Film Festival premiere of La La Land in August.  Then Jennifer Lawrence chose one of his bracelets for the December screening of Passengers in Seoul.  A jewelry veteran with decades of experience in gems and design, the Beirut based designer debuted in the United States last year.   His experience shines in the jewels that combine antique motifs with twenty-first century proportions and the most marvelous gems.  There is a lovely selection of the jewels on


Annie Costello Brown earrings. Photo courtesy and lyst

ANNIE COSTELLO BROWN—Wildly artistic and totally affordable statement earrings

Statement earrings were clearly the must-have jewelry trend for spring 2017 on the runways in New York, Paris and Milan.  Few make the look more boldly than newcomer Annie Costello Brown.  The style of the young, Los Angeles based designer’s earrings are magically reminiscent of Henri Matisse cutouts.  Annie’s choice of materials—silver, gold filled metal, oxide black and the sold-out-almost-everywhere oxide blue metal—keep the prices to $300 or less.  There is a nice selection of the earrings available now on  Earrings can be made to order from


Marla Aaron Locks in gold, silver and gems Photo courtesy

MARLA AARON—Bejeweled hardware that’s easy to love

There is a long history of hardware inspired jewelry.  Cartier’s Aldo Cipullo is responsible for some of the most famous pieces in the genre with the Love Bracelet featuring screw head motifs and the Juste Un Clou nail design.  The carabiner lock is New York City based designer Marla Aaron’s muse.  The former communications executive has taken the metal loop with spring loaded opening used in activities with ropes, like rock climbing or sailing, and made it over in countless variations with gold, platinum, silver, diamonds and semiprecious stones.  The jewelry Locks open and close just like the real deal and can function as a clasp on a chain or be collected and worn in pendant clusters.  Starting prices for a Baby Lock is around $300.  A cult favorite within the jewelry crowd, the designs were also cited by design star Nate Berkus this holiday season as a great gift item.  Marla Aaron Locks are available on her website and among other places.

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Earrings by Mateo Photo courtesy

MATEO—Minimalist jewels that make a major impact

Creating minimalist designs that get noticed is not easy, but Mateo manages to do it with pops of colorful semiprecious stones and imaginative silhouettes.  The Jamaican designer, who is based in New York City, has been steadily building his collection with winning work since he launched in 2009.  In 2016, his jewelry emerged on the larger scene after his collection debuted in the shop at the New African American Museum in Washington, D.C. and he opened his own boutique in the NoLita neighborhood of New York City.  A handful of models and savvy celebrities have already discovered the designer’s sexy jewels.  You can find the full collection online at and a fetching selection on

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