Thursday 18 Dec 2014

Hughes-Bosca Jewelry

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.”

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Naturally, for horseback riding I chose these four-petal gold-and-diamond earrings and necklace of South Sea pearls, faceted citrine, and black diamonds:

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For motorcycle travel, a Sleeping Beauty turquoise pendant with white and cognac diamonds:

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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:

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My Something Blue for the wedding:

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We designed similar heart pendants for the bridesmaids, with each of their initials (my bridesbro got cufflinks):

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Here’s more from the collection:

Pendants: ancient Greek coin (circa 430 BC) set in 18K flower setting with detachable gold bale; bronze bridle ring with pre-Columbian bell and diamonds; Tibetan Chung Dzi bead with Mexican jelly opals; Thames river bell with Tibetan Chung Dzi bead

Pendants: ancient Greek coin (circa 430 BC) in18K flower setting with detachable gold bale; bronze bridle ring with pre-Columbian bell and diamonds; Tibetan Chung Dzi bead with Mexican jelly opals; Thames river bell with Tibetan Chung Dzi bead

Coral heart pendant with diamonds; large gemstone flower cuff with Malayan and Tsavorite garnet, tourmaline, citrine, yellow sapphires and white diamonds; smaller Zinnia cuff with padparasha, orange and yellow sapphires

Oxblood coral heart pendant with diamonds; large gemstone flower cuff with Malayan and Tsavorite garnet, tourmaline, citrine, yellow sapphires and white diamonds; smaller Zinnia cuff with padparasha, orange and yellow sapphires

Hand-forged one-of-a-kind rings in 18K gold with black, cognac, green, blue and white diamonds and yellow and pink sapphires; rubellite tourmaline heart ring and citrine ring with carved and hand-painted leopard-print stone by Uli Pauly

Hand-forged one-of-a-kind rings in 18K gold with black, cognac, green, blue and white diamonds and yellow and pink sapphires; rubellite tourmaline heart ring and citrine ring with carved and hand-painted leopard-print stone by Uli Pauly

Hinged multi-stone bracelet with pink tourmaline, aquamarine, topaz, peridot and magnetic clasp; faceted citrine, amethyst and beryl earrings

Hinged multi-stone bracelet with pink tourmaline, aquamarine, topaz, peridot and magnetic clasp; faceted citrine, amethyst and beryl earrings

Gold-dipped Charles river link with diamonds on hang-forged chain; ceremonial Celtic axehead with diamonds on hand-forged chain

Gold-dipped Charles river link with diamonds on hang-forged chain; ceremonial Celtic axehead with diamonds on hand-forged chain

Ancient bronze spearpoint with red spinel; Afghani Wheel of Life bronze seal pendant with diamonds

Ancient bronze spearpoint with red spinel; Afghani Wheel of Life bronze seal pendant with diamonds

Assorted South Sea and Tahitian pearl pendants

Assorted South Sea and Tahitian pearl pendants

Jumbo South Sea and Tahitian pearl necklace with handmade 18K spacer beads featuring 37 colored diamonds and magnetic ball clasp; 18K gold onion earrings with raw diamonds

Jumbo South Sea and Tahitian pearl necklace with handmade 18K spacer beads featuring 37 colored diamonds and magnetic ball clasp; 18K gold onion earrings with raw diamonds

Wedding and engagement photos by Kristen Somody Whalen and Michael Wilson. Jewelry collection photos from Hughes-Bosca.

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See more of the riding-in-black-tie photoshoot here.

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