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Sorab & Roshi’s Woodsy Autumnal Jewels

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Within a mile radius from the heart of Greenwich, there are more fine jewelry stores than one can count on both hands.  While many sell a wide variety of jewelry styles, there is one store that is distinctly different than the rest.  And that one store is Sorab & Roshi, located on Putnam Avenue just a few steps southwest of Greenwich Avenue.  Last weekend, I popped in to see what was new.

Sorab & Roshi storefront

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The super chic boutique stylishly displays the fantastical one-off creations of the husband and wife duo Sorab Bouzarjomehri and Roshi Ameri, who established their eponymous label in 1988.

Sorab & Roshi

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Bold colors, sculptural volume and plenty of whimsy define their jewelry design aesthetic, using various gemstones and natural materials to bring their ideas to life.  All of the jewelry is designed and handmade by Sorab himself, right down to the last detail, with several pieces requiring intricate carving and sculpting.  (check out this behind the scenes feature of Sorab on the jewelry bench)

Sorab & Roshi Owl Pin on a Coral Branch

Sorab & Roshi Owl Pin on a Coral Branch
A whimsical Walnut wood Owl Pin with faceted citrine eyes, 18 kt. gold head-band and gold dots sitting on a coral branch with a green onyx with diamond center flower.
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Seeing as we’re now well into fall, I felt inspired by the rustling leaves and the wooden branches from which they fall, so I asked to see a few pieces that best displayed the use of that motif or material, or both!  With that idea in mind, Roshi kindly pulled some of their latest, autumn-worthy pieces made from mother nature’s finest woods and earth’s most colorful gemstones.

Sorab & Roshi jewels

I loved the series of leaves carved out of woods like cocobolo, ebony, rosewood and walnut and accented by vibrant colored gemstones.

Sorab & Roshi Wood Leaf Pin

Sorab & Roshi Wood Leaf Pin
Hand carved cocobolo wood Leaf Pin with 18 karat gold stem.
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Sorab & Roshi Gold Leaf Pin with Diamonds

Sorab & Roshi Gold Leaf Pin with Diamonds
An 18 karat gold Leaf Pin with diamond accents & walnut wood stem. Signed Sorab & Roshi. D=0.45 cts.
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Sorab & Roshi Pink Tourmaline Branch Pin

Sorab & Roshi Pink Tourmaline Branch Pin
18 karat gold pave diamond Branch Pin with cabochon pink tourmalines.
D=3.60 cts., PT= 66 cts.
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I particularly liked these bangles, not only for their fabulous design but for the very fun sound they make when they jangle together.

Rosewood and metal bangles

Sorab & Roshi rosewood and silver bangles
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Part of the fun was selecting and assembling the jewelry on the trays!  Just look how striking the amber and blue topaz flower pins are!  The amber was incredibly pristine and radiating with color!

Sorab & Roshi jewels

Sorab & Roshi Ebony wood Flower Pin with Amethyst

Sorab & Roshi Ebony wood Flower Pin with Amethyst
An 18 karat gold Ebony wood flower Pin with pink sapphire rays & amethyst center.
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Sorab & Roshi Sugarloaf Moonstone Earring

Sorab & Roshi Sugarloaf Moonstone Earring
Rectangular cushion moonstone Earrings with champagne diamond & wood drops.
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SORAB & ROSHI Starburst Pin with Yellow Sapphire

Sorab & Roshi Starburst Pin with Yellow Sapphire
Rosewood starburst pin with Yellow sapphire center & champagne diamond rays.18ktyg, Signed Sorab & Roshi. YS=3.40 cts, D=0.80 cts.
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Sorab & Roshi jewels

Necklace-Three strands of nesting walnut Wood beads & Pearls with gold accents.
Earrings-Zibra wood wrapped with pave black Diamonds.
Earrings-Gold leaf with antique finish silver filigree ball dangle with Diamonds.
Bracelet-Zibra wood wrapped with pave black Diamonds.
Ring-Champagne Diamonds with white Diamond accents.
Photo courtesy of Sorab & Roshi

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2 Comments

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    David Behl
    October 12, 2013 at 9:48 am

    Fantastic hybrid designs! They seem to cross over traditional motifs with a new look. Great handmade quality that isn’t offered by the corporate manufactured salons.

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    oksnaa
    October 14, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    Absolutely love the branch pin. Going to pin it and maybe make something similar in my jewelry class.

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