Ring in the New: Seattle Jewelers Are Breaking With Tradition

Chunky rings go chic

By Nia Martin


February 19, 2018

This article originally appeared in the February 2018 issue of Seattle Magazine.

This article appears in print in the February 2018 issueClick here to subscribe.

When it comes to fine jewelry, local jewelers shining up rings that make a statement with their unusual cuts and details.

1. Love Bug 
For the worldly woman, this ceramic and 14K gold Etruscan Revival scarab ring ($3,600) is one of many unique finds at Isadoras Antique Jewelry (downtown, 1601 First Ave.; 206.441.7711; isadoras.com), which carries a curated selection of vintage treasures. 

Photo: Isadoras

2. Bright Side 
This gorgeous and rare piece ($8,850) from classic gem purveyor Gordon James Fine Diamonds (Bellevue, 10133 Main St.; 425.777.4451; gordonjamesdiamonds.com) is set in 18K hand-engraved yellow gold and is the fire opal of our eye. Also available in other stones and sizes. 

Photo: Gordon James

3. Rock It 
Fashioned for the chic, modern woman, Gurhan’s rectangular drusy quartz ring ($560), from its “Mystere” collection, is set in 24K yellow gold with sterling silver band. From refined and contemporary jewelry destination Alvin Goldfarb Jeweler (Bellevue, 305 Bellevue Way NE; 425.454.9393; agjeweler.com). 

Photo: Gurhan

4. Purple Rain 
Local jewelry designer Jamie Joseph’s one-of-a-kind rings are simply dazzling. This eye-catching chevron amethyst ($705) in a 14K gold frame with sterling silver band is the perfect choice for a one-of-a-kind partner. Available at select retailers, including Northwest favorite Twist (Pacific Place, downtown, 600 Pine St., No. 130; 206.315.8080; twistonline.com). 

Photo: Twistonline.com

5. Great Shape 
Sleek and uniquely carved, the malachite marquise cocktail ring ($169), set in sterling silver, is designed for the bold by Lisa Bridge, a descendant of famed Seattle jeweler Ben Bridge. Available at Ben Bridge Jeweler (multiple locations including downtown, 1432 Fourth Ave.; 206.628.6800; benbridge.com).

Photo: Ben Bridge


L1004017 copy homepage-min

Seattle Seen: Prints, Patterns, Pizzazz

Fall and winter fashion trends in Seattle feature bold, nostalgic colors

The persistent warm heat this fall gives Seattle’s fashion essentials of Patagonia puffer coats and Hunter boots a longer summer vacation. As a result of global warming, people in Seattle can enjoy walks in October, and fashion is thriving with nearly summer-like layers of prints on prints and patterns on patterns.  Photographer Austin McDonald speaks…

VHP_0372 copy Cropped-min

Luly Yang Designs Space Needle Employees’ New Uniforms

Luly Yang teams with Space Needle

Next time you visit the Space Needle, you’ll notice something quite different: Internationally recognized fashion designer Luly Yang has brought her distinct style to Seattle’s globally recognized icon. The Luly Yang Design Group – an arm of Luly Yang Couture that designs and manufactures custom-branded corporate uniforms – is creating “one-of-a-kind” uniforms for Space Needle…

Kelly Lyles shows off her style.

Seattle Seen: A Trendy City With a Unique Sense of Fashion

These creators wear exactly what’s on their minds

“Fashion forward” is not the first attribute that comes to mind when considering Seattle culture. Nerdy, Nirvana, polar fleece, flannel, fish market, Microsoft, Amazon, billionaires, liberals and lumberjacks are sure to top that list. There are stylish people here, but what they wear is a point of view that reflects changing times and changing minds…

Love Letter

Fashion Story: A Modern Take on Grunge

A tribute to grunge rooted in our DNA Inspired by Seattle bands of the 1990s

Photography by Alex Cayley and Styled by Michele Schiavone


Meet Fran Dunaway, co-founder of Gender-Neutral Clothing Brand TomboyX

In the past seven years, Seattle-based TomboyX has become a gender-neutral brand that has something for everyone

TomboyX co-founders Naomi Gonzalez, left, and CEO Fran Dunaway.


Kate Mensah combines Paris, Seattle influences to create modern bags

Rather than relying on color to make her bags interesting, Mensah uses embossment to create her eye-catching designs

Kate Mensah wanted to be in fashion before she even realized it. One day, a family member sent her a childhood photo. She was strutting down the hallway of her old home, creating a makeshift fashion show.  “I said, ‘oh my god, it was already in my blood, I know it,’” Mensah said. “I love…