Written by Zac Wood
Issue: January 2014
Forgo the flowers-and-candy cliché this Valentine’s Day for elegant and artisanal Arizona jewelry.
When selecting a gift for someone special on Valentine’s Day, it’s important to think about what statement your gift makes. Do you want it to scream, “I grabbed this half-deflated Mylar balloon for you from a roadside vendor,” or sweetly croon, “I had this designer diamond ring made just for you”? If it’s the latter, several local jewelers can help you make your statement. All of them are happy to offer you something off the shelf, but these places also go above and beyond, doing custom in-house design and making one-of-a-kind works for your one-of-a-kind valentine.
Muralt’s Custom Jewelers Mesa jeweler Matt Muralt creates distinctive bracelets, rings and necklaces, but his true passion and talent lies with brooches. He uses esoteric French enameling, glass casting and freehand design to create Art Deco and Art Nouveau pieces that are unmistakable and unforgettable, like the pictured floral brooches ($10,000) and scarab brooch ($12,000).
Hamra Jewelers A Scottsdale mainstay for more than 25 years, Hamra Jewelers is run by two brothers who strive to become each guest’s “jeweler for life.” They offer a range of high-end pieces, including a beautiful blue topaz pendant and earring set (pictured, $4,800).
Hamra Jewelers, 15435 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, 480-946-5110, hamra.com
Coffin & Trout Run by Randy Coffin and his son, former Diamondbacks pitcher Ryan Coffin, Coffin & Trout embraces technology and innovation to develop jewelry that is both beautiful and intelligently designed. Look for their Fusion and Interlace lines (pictured: Interlace ladies’ ring, $7,800), which use blends of metal to create unique looks, or the Interlude line, which includes a men’s ring with meteorite ($2,500).
Cornelis Hollander Cornelis Hollander learned jewelry design in his native Holland before apprenticing in London and then adventuring in South Africa, the diamond capital of the world. Now based in Phoenix, the globetrotter says he makes his jewelry like poetry, flowing like a waterfall from idea to design to the finished piece. The insertable band diamond ring (pictured) is one of his most in-demand items in the U.S., while the Hanabi “Fireworks” style is big in Japan. Pricing by appointment.
Oliver Smith Oliver Smith is a nature lover, a surfer, a hiker and a loving husband – passions that inspire and infuse his jewelry collections and designs. The Boho collection (pictured is the Pink Opal Boho Wrap, $595) strings beachy-looking gems and stones together in macramé style, and a portion of sale proceeds benefits McDowell Sonoran Conservancy. The Stardust collection (pricing by request) utilizes gems set into hand-engraved stars to emulate the beauty of the cosmos, perfect for the romantic soul.