When we dream a night we dream of jewels (its a 24/7 addiction people) and Susie Saltzman makes what we would call major jewels. The only way we can properly describe her work is unique, classic, and feminine all rolled into one. We have a major obsession with her signature North, South, East, West setting for round brilliant sparklers (more on that later) and we must admit kind of a girl a crush on her for creating this amazing jewelry brand that has captured our heart and imagination. Starting now we will be stalking her website; because, headline news people, she is going to be launching an online shop where you can get a piece of Susie Saltzman to add to your ring stack or jewelry wardrobe. Don't know what yet, but pretty sure we are going to "have to have" something that will be an addition to our personal collection. And with that introduction, we give you a Gem Hunt interview with one our favorite jewelry designers Susie Saltzman.
Why do you love designing jewelry?
I love the artistic expression and creative outlet, which runs to the core of designing period, regardless of what one is designing. What I love about jewelry specifically is that it’s a 3D creation.It’s more like sculpture, and I have always loved working with my hands, since I was a little girl. My father, who also works with his hands for a living, insists that he gave me that wonderful gift!
We have never seen designs that are so classic but unique, tell us what is your approach to design and what inspires you?
When I design, my goal is to create something that my client will want to wear for a lifetime. My approach is to pull inspiration from timeless design details (for example in architecture) and to also infuse an element of freshness so that the final design is abiding and special. I want my designs to feel regal but also effortless, and I try to make sure there is an unexpected but almost undetectable detail about them so that they feel exciting and unique but also safe, comfortable, and enduring.
We are obsessed with your four prong setting (North, South, East West), can you give us the background on this setting?
Absolutely! What I love most about the North South East West placement of the prongs is that it really shows off the shape of your diamond.
For example, when you set a round diamond with four prongs, most traditionally placed in the four corners of the diamond, it makes it look a bit square, and I think this distracts a bit from the beauty of a round brilliant cut diamond. My intention behind the simplicity of my signature solitaire is that it really lets the diamond be center stage.
There aren’t any fussy, over designed elements that take away from the beauty of the focal stone. The design is intended to be timeless, but still have an element that is fresh and unexpected, something that sets the design apart from other expected, more traditional engagement rings.
Any trends you are seeing?
The most obvious trend to me, that we have been seeing for a few years now, is rose gold. I think it is a beautiful update to yellow gold; I love it!
I am also seeing people wanting to bridge the gap between vintage and modern jewelry, so I find people are gravitating toward timeless designs that have small accent diamonds, set in a way that’s less traditional than a halo border. I think these accent diamonds adds a little something unexpected in a tasteful way, where the designs still feel timeless, but they have a little something special and unique.
We notice a shop “coming soon” and have to ask…
I am super excited about the “shop.” It’s coming together gradually, but I am okay with that, because I want it to be a carefully curated assortment of band ring, earrings, necklaces, and bracelets. I want to be sure to have an offering for the bride who wants to add to her/his collection overtime. But, I also want to have special jewelry for those who are not brides-to-be and perhaps want to purchase or make something special for her/himself.