While we’re all about women dressing for themselves, we’d be lying if we said our curiosity wasn’t piqued by the opinions of the opposite sex. United in their love of jewelry, their preference for heels (surprised?!) and the importance of a fabulous pair of earrings, these four male designers differ when it comes to defining their idea of a beautiful woman.
Explore the minds—and exquisite collections—of four male jewelry designers we love.
By Tatiana Hambro
SHOP FINE JEWELRY
Like his jewelry, Mateo is sleek, minimal and effortlessly elegant. Not one for trends—“They never last. Do you remember ear cuffs? Yah, that was one trend I refused to be a part of!”—his focus lies in creating personal, timeless pieces. Inspired by contemporary art and architecture, (the Smithsonian museum in Washington D.C. will exhibit his work this September) his ultimate muse can be found closer to home. "In the 90s my mom used to wear chokers to the disco with her quilted Chanel purse,” he remembers. "She wears the clothes and not the other way around.”
Born: Montego Bay, Jamaica
Now lives: Luxembourg
Muse: My mother—and my best friend Eugena Washington because she looks amazing in every piece.
Main Materials: Pearls, yellow gold, malachite, black onyx
You’d be hard-pressed to find someone (both in and outside of the industry) who isn’t charmed by Fernando Jorge. But his South American good looks and soft-spoken nature are not the only qualities that have secured him heartthrob status. The Central Saint Martins graduate is changing the game with his eye for sensual pieces. Easily recognizable by undulating waves and unusual materials (he’s spent the past two years collecting rare stones for his new collection), the designer has made 'organic-ness' the new barometer for what feels cool yet feminine. And so it follows his pieces are best accompanied by a nonchalant ease. "I love it when my jewelry is worn for any occasion, from the gym to getting the groceries to a party.”
Born: Campinas, state of São Paulo, Brazil
Now lives: London
Muse: My girls from Ipanema.
Main Materials: Gold & Brazilian gemstones, also shells & fossilized wood
Confidence is the name of the game for the outgoing designer, perhaps best known for glamorizing the previously grungy choker. His Instagram paints a rich picture with precious gemstones interspersed with Brazilian supermodels from Izabel Goulart to Alessandra Ambrosio (and not to mention his wife, Cassia Avila). The designer reveals he occasionally experiments with silver “because you can go a bit crazier,” but what really sets his apart is how his pieces move on the body. “The quality of the stones and the fit of the jewelry are very important,” he says.
Born: Beirut, Lebanon
Now lives: Between São Paulo and New York
Muse: My wife, Cassia Avila
Main Materials: Gold & diamonds, emeralds, rubies, sapphires.
“My best 'jewelry moment' was when I created a piece for my wife when I asked for her hand.” For Sanjay Kasliwal, jewelry is truly a family affair. He is the eighth-generation owner of the Gem Palace, the Indian jewelry house that has been creating spectacular pieces (for royalty, society and, more recently, celebrities across the globe) for over 150 years. Entirely family run (the jewelry is created from start to finish by artisans who have worked there for generations), Sanjay has made his mark by combining traditional Indian skills with European methods. Ever the romantic, when explaining his preference for 22 karat gold (close to the color of pure gold) he answers, “I think it makes the skin of a woman glow.”
Born & lives: Jaipur, India
Muse: The Woman, in all her aspects
Main Materials: 22K gold and semi-precious stones.