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June 22, 2018updated Mar 11, 2019

The Designers Using Wood in Fine Jewelry

By Elite Traveler

This story originally appeared in the May/June 2018 issue of Elite Traveler.

Although it’s an unexpected base for fine jewelry, don’t overlook wood. Artisans elevate the humble material with fine craftsmanship, precious metals and, of course, diamonds. Brazilian designer Silvia Furmanovich specializes in marquetry, creating incredibly detailed jewelry and clutches from tiny pieces of hand-cut and hand-painted wood. Her cherry blossom earrings showcase the precision of her work. Antonia Miletto loves to feature unusual materials such as wood and resin in her one-of-a-kind pieces, which she designs in her Venice boutique.

Fred Leighton may be best known for its fabulous estate jewelry, but we love its modern collection too, which infuses pieces with a slight vintage feel. This rosewood-and-diamond bangle has matching earrings. Pieces from fourth-generation family jewelers Hemmerle are instantly recognizable due to their distinctive modern style, which collectors know are created with traditional Austrian techniques. Hemmerle also loves unique materials—it’s not unusual to see showstopping jewels set in copper or bronze—and these wood earrings topped with reverse-set brown diamonds perfectly encapsulate its design ethos.

Seaman Schepps caused stir in the early 1900s with his unique modern jewelry. The company today carries on his legacy using thousands of his drawings and molds. The collections include many bead necklaces, among them the rosewood-and-walnut version shown.

Silvia Furmanovich Cherry Blossom wood marquetry earrings in 18K gold with two South Sea golden pearls and 0.6 carats diamonds, $4,840, available at Bergdorf Goodman in New York, +1 212 753 7300,

Seaman Schepps rosewood and walnut wood nesting bead necklaces in 18K yellow gold, from $6,200, available at Seaman Schepps in New York, +1 212 753 9520,

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Fred Leighton rosewood bangle in 18K white gold with 0.81 carats diamonds, $8,800, available at Fred Leighton in New York, +1 212 223 1111,

Antonia Miletto Marina macassar wood bracelet in 18K yellow gold with 4.32 carats diamonds, $13,200, available by appointment at Antonia Miletto in New York and Venice, contact Antonia Miletto,,

Hemmerle peanut wood earrings in 18K white gold with reverse-set brown diamonds, price on request, available at Hemmerle in Munich,, +49 89 24 22 600,

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