A True Gem

Thursday, May 19, 2016

“The best pieces of jewelry should be really simple, but it has to speak to you,” says designer Bella Campbell. “For ladies, earrings enhance your best features. They bring extra light to the eyes and face,” says Campbell, who is dressed in all black, sporting two eye-catching pieces of her own design; a pair of “Angel Wings” earrings in white gold with blue, red and pink spinels with diamonds and a “Modern Flower” platinum ring with mandarin garnet, red spinels and diamonds. “Here, want to try?” She delicately takes off her earrings and hands them to me along with a compact mirror out of her bright red handbag.

And indeed it’s true, there’s something about the way the gems catch the light that they almost naturally give you a glow. “I love how jewelry can bring about good vibes and spread positivity, because we can all use the happiness,” says Campbell, who started her brand Campbellian Collection four years ago and has been honored with a number of prestigious honors ever since from the American Gem Trade Association (AGTA) Spectrum Awards, an annual natural colored gemstone and cultured pearl jewelry design competition. Most recently, her 18K pink gold earrings featuring blue-green Tourmalines (17.05 ctw) accented with Emeralds (4.14 ctw) has earned her the “Best Use of Color” award. A private collector, Somewhere In The Rainbow, has purchased this winning piece.

For more than two decades, Campbell has worked with one of the leading colored gem stone dealers in New York, alongside many of the industry’s key manufacturers and designer brands, sourcing the best gems from across the globe to develop successful collections.

Campbell’s current brand includes one-of-a-kind pieces that are all manufactured in New York City. The collection takes on the namesake of her son Ian, who constantly inspires her. “In school, he worked on a painting project which included two beautiful shades of blue and I fell in love with the colors,” says Campbell, who then created a pair of earrings using blue zircons, tanzanite, white gold and diamonds.

The future is looking bright for Campbell, who is preparing a line up of jewelry and trunk shows this summer. “I’m kind of a gem junkie,” she says. “I just couldn’t live without them.”

Photos courtesy of Bella Campbell.


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