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Welcome to Open Studio, a Racked feature where we explore the workspaces and showrooms of some of the city's most talented designers.
- All photos by Driely S. for Racked
- This is my amethyst and tsavorite garnet Delilah ring ($1,748) and also a red spinel that, judging by the way it’s cut, was probably taken out of quite an old piece of jewe
- India has a huge impact on me creatively. When I’m in Jaipur I get so inspired. The architecture, the traditional jewelry, the textiles, the in-your-face rush of the city...for a designer, it’s a totally awesome place to let your imagination run wild.
- This coral necklace (top right) is from the Santo Domingo (also known as Kewa,) Pueblo in New Mexico, and the earrings (next to the necklace on the left) are from Kyrgyzstan. There is also a small bronze Roman ring from the 3rd century B.C. in the mix.
- I love gemstones when they are in the faceted, polished form that you see in most jewelry. But I also think they’re beautiful in the rough crystal habits they occur in naturally. This photo contains some of my favorites: various quartzes, calcite, aquamar
- I love creating one-of-a-kind and custom pieces. Here I combined a coral branch I found in an antique shop with tsavorite garnets and a small rose cut diamond.
- 14k labradorite studs ($365)
- Rose Cut Diamond Pendant Necklace ($760)
- I am fascinated by tribal jewelry and this old pawn Navajo cuff is one of my prized pieces. I have a tendency to use jewelry as decorative objects. That way when I’m designing, the eye finds inspiration wherever it lands.
- 14k carnelian with black diamonds ring ($928)
- The stones themselves are what most influences my design process. The gems that I use are cut by hand in Jaipur and are somewhat free-form in shape and often asymmetrical, so it’s really like every single stone has its own unique beauty, and my job is to
- The Clea ring in chrysoprase and black diamonds ($928, top); the 14k lapis wi
- 14k lapis studs ($335); 14k labradorite studs ($365);
- I love living in Williamsburg. My boyfriend and I moved back to Brooklyn a year and a half ago after living for a few years in Santa Fe. Santa Fe’s amazing, but we’re so happy to be back. You’re surrounded by so many talented people who are doing such inc
Fine jewelry designer Liz Phillips is based in Brooklyn, but the stunning gemstone pieces from her namesake line are produced by artisans in Jaipur, India. "When I'm in Jaipur I get so inspired," she says. "The architecture, the traditional jewelry, the textiles, the in-your-face rush of the city...for a designer, it's a totally awesome place to let your imagination run wild."
You can find her some of her rings (in chrysoprase, amethyst, tsavorite garnet) at Catbird in Williamsburg, and her earring studs (in labradorite, carnelian) at Collyer's Mansion in Ditmas Park. She's a gemologist and a goldsmith, so her apartment is filled with beautiful stones, historical reference books, and antique jewelry from her travels across the world.