Jewelry has always had a playful side, and a handful of today’s contemporary designers continues this light-hearted tradition. Among them, Holly Dyment is one of my favorites.
The Toronto-based designer jumped into the jewelry world after a successful 25-year career as an interior designer. Known for her vivid use of color in striking designs, Dyment translated her award winning aesthetic from interior design to her jewels.
Meeting her last year in Vegas helped me better understand her unique creations. Dyment’s bubbly and energetic nature is readily captured in her whimsical pieces, my favorite of which are her enamel rings. From elongated somber eyes, complete with a briolette white sapphire tear drop, to custom portraits, Dyment’s enamel and gem-set rings cleverly combine bold colors in fresh new ways that are both fun and eye-catching. What’s more, her style is singular and easily recognizable as her own – a rare achievement in the world of fine jewelry.
Often, Dyment’s rings are rimmed with geometric patterns – a motif she picked up from her frequent travels to India, where her jewelry is handcrafted by ninth generation artisans who have also created glittering treasures for Indian maharajas and royalty. Using her signature champlevé enameling technique in 18k yellow gold, the vibrant images range from cheeky skulls inspired by Ayurvedic culture, decorated with a variety of gem-set headdresses, to wilting flowers and puckered pavé lips.
Anytime I come across one of Dyment’s rings, I find myself both charmed and amused with the sense of fun her fine jewelry embodies. Far from serious, Holly Dyment’s jewelry is definitely for the young at heart.
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