Chicago jewelry designer Lana Bramlette’s latest diamond collection takes her renowned label to the next level.
It’s been 16 years since designer Lana Bramlette launched her Lana Jewelry line with gold and diamond pieces that were, as she says, “accessible, attainable and inclusive.” While these remain a signature of the now-iconic brand, “I’ve grown up since then, and so has my taste,” she says. Exhibit A: the new Legacy precious diamond collection, which incorporates larger diamonds throughout the exquisite rings, necklaces, bracelets and earrings.
It was Bramlette’s devoted clientele that pushed her to create the new collection. Everyone from royals to Chicago’s most influential women to A-list celebrities like Jennifer Lopez, Faith Hill, Ellen Pompeo and Madonna (who wore her designs to this year’s Met Gala) counts themselves as fans. So when a long-term client asked Bramlette to create her wedding band, the 44-year-old Lincoln Park resident began to think about her designs could evolve.
“The Legacy collection takes on a different identity,” she explains. “It looks and feels like Lana, but like Lana grew up.” That means making precious diamonds “wearable, fashionable and designed in a way that speaks to how today’s modern woman is wearing them.” The result? An aptly named collection that cements the brand’s position in the fine jewelry world.
“There’s been gold jewelry and diamond jewelry since the beginning of time,” says Bramlette. “We’re not reinventing the wheel, but we definitely are making it more beautiful.” Here, Bramlette dishes on a few of her favorite new pieces.
“Repositioned, asymmetrical diamonds in the Legacy tennis lariat ($17,200) give a diamond necklace a cool and sexy update.”
“My favorite piece in the collection, the Legacy Upside Down hoops ($12,200) are our trademark silhouette taken to another level.”
“The Legacy Twist ring ($13,775) is a beautiful, unique option for a fashion-forward wedding band.”