Published: February 2011
By Mimi Lombardo
What’s more special than a piece of jewelry inspired by your favorite place? Here, nine designs that will transport you to destinations far and away.
Influenced by a Byzantine shield she spotted in Malta, Ashley Dodgen-McCormick of Asha by ADM embellished a vermeil pendant with rock crystal, moonstone, and topaz ($595).
For these turquoise, carnelian, and lapis lazuli earrings ($7,410), Los Angeles–based Irene Neuwirth drew from the vibrant palette of Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí’s Park Güell and Casa Milá, in Barcelona.
After a trip around Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, and Thailand, Bochic designers David Joseph and Miriam Salat created a tigereye ring with diamonds, gold, and an image of Buddha ($3,790).
According to designer Matthew Campbell Laurenza, the "majestic architecture and geometry" of the dome at St. Peter’s Basilica, in Rome, was the inspiration behind his silver-and-enamel bracelet with sapphires and topaz ($1,845).
Stephen Dweck created a silver and mother-of-pearl ring ($295) that recalls the tuberose flower, found throughout Bali.
This tourmaline, diamond, and recycled gold necklace ($15,050) was inspired by designer Monique Péan’s travels in French Polynesia as well as the works of Post-Impressionist artist Paul Gauguin, who once called Tahiti home.
The gold, black lacquer, and tsavorite garnet Panthère de Cartier earrings ($6,825) call to mind Africa’s sleekest felines.
New York City jeweler Kara Ross modeled her silver-and-gold cuff adorned with hematite, onyx, and pavé sapphire ($3,800) after Sir Norman Foster’s glass-and-steel 30 St. Mary Axe building, in London.
Influenced by the ornately patterned pieces that are all over Marrakesh, where she now resides, Paloma Picasso designed this enamel-and-gold ring ($2,700) for Tiffany & Co.