Our friend Mary Hughes co-designs this luminous jewelry. I love the weight of it, the hand-crafted texture, and the signature lemon-hued gold. The designs are earthy and elegant—total luxury, with an edge of cool. (Wear the diamond-studded, ancient-bronze-spearhead pendant, and you can fend off the late-night ruffians on you way home from the ball.)
At Hughes-Bosca’s gallery, the cases are a wonderland of luscious colors and unexpected forms. Mary and her partner, Caro-Gray Bosca, work with jumbo South Sea pearls; black and cognac diamonds; antique beads; African glass; faceted citrine, aquamarine, and sapphire; ancient Afghan bronze seals; weathered steel dredged from the Thames; greek coins; celtic axeheads; pre-Columbian bells; ancient bronze spearpoints; black jade; amber; rough-cut lapis; oxblood coral; and white diamonds set in platinum to enhance their brilliance against the gold.
I wore their fabulous jewels for our wedding and engagement photos. The earrings are lemon citrine; the pendant is rutilated quartz, carved with the word “love.”
Naturally, for horseback riding I chose these four-petal gold-and-diamond earrings and necklace of South Sea pearls, faceted citrine, and black diamonds:
For motorcycle travel, a Sleeping Beauty turquoise pendant with white and cognac diamonds:
This bracelet was a gift from my mother. The links are castings of an ancient Roman bridle buckle. For our engagement party invitations and wedding RSVP cards, we used the bracelet form as a motif—equestrian without being too literal. Mary made cufflinks for Philip from the same casting:
My Something Blue for the wedding:
We designed similar heart pendants for the bridesmaids, with each of their initials (my bridesbro got cufflinks):
Here’s more from the collection:
Wedding and engagement photos by Kristen Somody Whalen and Michael Wilson. Jewelry collection photos from Hughes-Bosca.
See more of the riding-in-black-tie photoshoot here.