Two Windy City designers add a unique punch to this season's luxury baubles.
Kastel Jewelry’s 110-inch long Infiniti wrap necklace.
Glenview-based jewelry designer Maria Ress isn’t one to follow trends. “The first thing I do is source stones,” says Ress, who founded Kastel Jewelry in 2014, of her creative process. “I buy as I go, and if I don’t use it this season, I’ll use it next time.”
Ress’s bestselling Infiniti wrap necklace ($315)—measuring 110 inches (“It touches the floor on me,” boasts the petite designer)—is available in gemstones ranging from turquoise and green onyx to labradorite, pyrite, and ioalite.
Meanwhile, Jane Berg is her own best litmus test for her eponymous jewelry label. “I’ve always been a rocker kind of girl,” says Berg, who launched Jane Berg Collection in 2012 after not being able to find jewelry that satisfied her edgy-yet-luxe sensibilities.
At 35 karats, the ensuing Wildthing cuff (price on request)—the inaugural bauble from Berg’s line—continues to be on heavy rotation for the longtime Chicago resident, who often pairs it with denim. After all, “It’s my favorite piece,” reasons Berg of the high-low statement accessory. “Why wouldn’t I wear it?” Kastel Jewelry; Jane Berg Collection