Matthew Campbell Laurenza is an up-and-coming jewelry designer that has quickly become one of Chicago’s most sought after men in the business. Born in Colorado, Laurenza, 31, has always been fascinated with arts and crafts and was heavily influenced by the colorful artwork and antiques of his Native American and Italian lineage. Moving to places such as New Mexico, Texas and Kentucky also played a part in his interesting and worldly designs. His signature style is pairing sterling silver with enamel, and encrusting each piece with colored sapphires, rubies and other semi-precious stones. He designs each piece using the most precious materials and finest natural stones, guaranteeing that no one customer will have the exact same piece of jewelry. www.MCLdesign.net
Lana’s Shooting Stars
Lana Fertelmeister has continually designed collection after collection of must-have gold jewelry that instantly become girl-next-store and celebrity favorites. Lana’s summer collection, Lucky Star, features necklaces and earrings perfect for layering. Just think, the more stars you have, the more luck they’ll bring. “Summer brings out a certain youth in everyone,” says Fertelmeister. “That’s what this collection is all about; it’s that flirty, sophistication that is really ageless to a woman. When you wear my Lucky Star collection, every woman will shine like a star.” The line comes in yellow, white and rose gold, and you can get pieces with or without diamonds. www.lanajewelry.com
Tanishq, the brand behind India’s largest retail stores, opened its first U.S. store in the Chicago area on July 9 at the Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg. This luxury retail store offers unique, one-of-a-kind merchandise designed with a global customer in mind. “Chicago is the quintessence of sophistication, with incredible architecture, world-famous restaurants, music and a very design-savvy community,” said Bhaskar Bhat, Managing Director of Titan Industries. “We thought it the perfect place to premiere Tanishq.” A talented team in the Tanishq Design Studio creates the jewelry, and they will put out permanent collections and limited edition lines each season. www.tanishq.us
Dana Rebecca Designs
Diamonds, rubies, silver and gold has encompassed Dana Levy’s life since childhood. As the daughter of a jewelry manufacturer, it’s only natural that Levy launched Dana Rebecca Designs in 2006, an exquisite reflection of her life of jewelry and her love for traveling that draws on different cultures and locations for inspiration. All of the pieces in her collections are named after loved ones and feature a diversity of stones such as angel skin coral, blue topaz and chrysoprase. The line offers a broad range of items, some full of flair and color while others are classic touches with soft finishes to impress every taste. www.danarebeccadesigns.com
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