Collections

Karma El Khalil Has a Luminous New Fine Jewelry Collection

CollectionsMay 11, 2022

Karma El Khalil Has a Luminous New Fine Jewelry Collection

Filled with custom-cut gemstones, it’s inspired by the moon.

The “Aquamarine Diamond Crest Ring” featuring an aquamarine and diamonds in 18-karat yellow gold ($21,000) is part of Karma El Khalil’s latest collection.
New York—Like a lot of designers, pandemic lockdown had a major impact on Karma El Khalil’s creative process.

The world’s collective pause led to contemplation of the bigger picture.

“My sleepless nights were met by a view of the moon traversing the muted New York skyline as the still hours passed by,” she said.

“At a time of great isolation, I found much comfort in the fact that this celestial body connects every being on our planet, and as such reminded me of something we too often tend to forget—our oneness.”

El Khalil began dreaming up her latest collection, “Conversations with the Moon,” but she didn’t begin work on it straightaway. 

Her atelier in her family's native Lebanon was closed due to COVID-19 restrictions, and El Khalil took the opportunity to put her energy into various charitable initiatives.

After the massive explosion in Beirut, Lebanon, in August 2020 that killed more than 200 people and devastated the city, she organized a fundraiser alongside fellow artists and creatives with ties to the country. 

“The hiatus was important,” she said in reflection. “It was a time for being present with others in the face of adversity and also with oneself in the face of uncertainty.”


As restrictions waned in El Khalil’s New York City, she began forming “Conversations with the Moon” into a tangible reality.

She calls it the “culmination” of the unpredictable last two years, filled with “love and inspiration I gathered along the way.”

The collection is at turns ethereal, edgy, and celebratory. Geometric shapes and sharp angles are signature El Khalil, while chandelier earrings are an exuberant and festive addition to the designer’s key motifs.

If cocktail-ready jewels are representative of returning to one’s life, then simplistic pendants and rings showcasing rough gemstone specimens like dioptase, spinel, and opal are representative of turning inward and connecting with one’s universal essence, just as El Khalil did at the beginning of the pandemic.

“Conversations with the Moon” is a collection centered on exquisite gemstones, which El Khalil chose to mirror “the moon’s colors, textures, and luminosity.”

It stars apatite, which El Khalil described as the moon’s reflection on water in the night; morganite, a reference to the color of rare “pink moons;” chalcedony, similar to the dark side of the moon; matte gray jade, similar to the moon’s surface in shadow; tourmaline akin to “moonlight mirroring off New York’s glass buildings;” and topaz faceted to represent the moon when it is at its most brilliant and bright.

The “Topaz Crest Ring” was a particular design feat in the collection.

El Khalil designed the stone’s cut to optimize its light reflection, she explained. It is faceted to have two major planes, “mimicking a flat briolette.” The facets are long and diamond-shaped, and the stone is set in rose gold, without prongs.

“Topaz Crest Ring” with a 30.96-carat topaz and diamonds in 18-karat rose gold ($17,000)
“Topaz Crest Ring” with a 30.96-carat topaz and diamonds in 18-karat rose gold ($17,000)

“The idea was for the topaz, representative of the moonlight, to float above the diamonds in the way that the moonlight reflects off and illuminates the sea crest. The gold was meticulously and skillfully carved out by hand to create this effect.”

Pieces are set in repurposed 18-karat gold with diamond accents throughout. 

“Conversations with the Moon” is newly launched at Moda Operandi, Roseark, and June Simmons.

The collection retails for $1,200-$21,000. 

 Related stories will be right here …
Ashley Davisis the senior editor, fashion at National Jeweler, covering all things related to design, style and trends.

The Latest

MajorsNov 29, 2022
LVMH Acquires Jewelry Manufacturer Pedemonte Group

The strategic acquisition will bolster the luxury titan’s production capacity in its watch and jewelry division.

IndependentsNov 29, 2022
Reinhold Jewelers’ Holiday Book Is an Ode to an Important Beverage

The 2022 edition of the retailer’s annual publication pays homage to the coffee farms and shops of Puerto Rico.

MajorsNov 29, 2022
Claire’s to Open Shop-in-Shops in Select U.S. Macy’s Stores

The partnership brings Claire’s jewelry and accessories to 20 Macy’s locations in time for the holiday season.

Brought to you by
Knowledge and Skills for Today’s Hot Topics

From laboratory-grown diamonds to design to country-of-origin, GIA's Alumni Collective™ has a seminar to suite your needs.

MajorsNov 28, 2022
Pomellato’s New Videos Raise Awareness of Violence Against Women

Starring CEO Sabina Belli and other celebrities, the videos emphasize the importance of supporting women who have experienced abuse.

Weekly QuizNov 18, 2022
This Week’s Quiz
Test your knowledge of the latest jewelry news with this quick test.
Take the Quiz
IndependentsNov 28, 2022
Bert Kalisher, an Industry Veteran Who Loved Making Connections, Dies at 97

Kalisher started out manufacturing watch bands and later got into publishing, authoring two books and serving as publisher of Chronos.

Events & AwardsNov 28, 2022
Registration Is Open for AGA’s Annual Tucson Conference

Scheduled for Feb. 1, the event will feature six gemological education presentations and three hands-on sessions.

Brought to you by
Diamond Shoppers’ 2022 Holiday Wish List

Give your customers the best diamond buying experience this holiday season.

MajorsNov 28, 2022
The Kingswood Co. Is One of U.S.’s Fastest-Growing Companies Again

The jewelry cleaner manufacturer jumped up to No. 3066 on the Inc. 5000 list.

AuctionsNov 23, 2022
This Sapphire Tiara Once Owned by a Danish Princess Is Going to Auction

The Dec. 1 jewelry sale at Bonhams-owned Bruun Rasmussen will have several other pieces of royal jewelry on the block.

FinancialsNov 23, 2022
Movado Lowers Guidance Amid ‘Uncertain’ Retail Environment

Its Q3 sales dipped as inflation took its toll on shoppers in the U.S. and Europe.

MajorsNov 23, 2022
De Beers Jewellers Is Popping Up in Connecticut

The temporary store is the result of a collaboration with Betteridge.

CollectionsNov 23, 2022
Piece of the Week: Rembrandt’s Turkey Charm

Charm fans will gobble up this festive “Piece of the Week” pick.

AuctionsNov 22, 2022
Jewelry Recovered from Sunken ‘Ship of Gold’ Heads to Auction

The S.S. Central America sank in 1857 off the coast of South Carolina, carrying tons of gold from the California Gold Rush.

IndependentsNov 22, 2022
See the Greek Jewels Going to Auction for Charity

Several Greek jewelry designers have donated pieces to the annual Hellenic Initiative silent auction.

Events & AwardsNov 22, 2022
Hodinkee to Receive Gem Award for Watch Excellence

Plus, see this year’s list of nominees for the Jewelry Design, Media Excellence, and Retail Excellence awards.

SourcingNov 22, 2022
Head of Australian Miner Burgundy Diamond Resigns

The company announced the resignation of Peter Ravenscroft late last week, effective immediately.

SourcingNov 21, 2022
Provenance Proof Launches Online Marketplace for Traceable Gems

Debuting today, it is open to Provenance Proof blockchain users.

TechnologyNov 21, 2022
Version 2.0 of the NDC’s ‘Assure’ Directory Is Now Live

Assure is the program the Natural Diamond Council launched in 2019 to test lab-grown diamond screening devices.

MajorsNov 21, 2022
JK Findings Acquires Intercept Silver & Jewelry Care

Intercept Silver & Jewelry Care distributes anti-corrosion and anti-tarnish products.

MajorsNov 21, 2022
David Yurman Just Opened a Palm Beach Outpost

It’s located on famed shopping street Worth Avenue.

EditorsNov 18, 2022
9 of My Favorite Pieces from the AGTA Spectrum Awards Editors’ Day

Senior Editor Brecken Branstrator’s highlights include a chrome tourmaline ring, a giant opal necklace, and an American mined stone.

CrimeNov 18, 2022
Jewelry Store Security Guard Killed in Armed Robbery

Police in Calumet City, Illinois are looking for several suspects involved in the robbery of a jewelry store in the River Oaks Mall.

MajorsNov 18, 2022
AGS Adds Sumit Dangi to Board of Directors

Dangi is global chief financial officer and treasurer at Jewelers Mutual Group.

CollectionsNov 18, 2022
Piece of the Week: Tabayer’s ‘Oera’ Pendant

The brand’s signature shape is rendered in an autumn-appropriate color palette.

GradingNov 17, 2022
GIA Labs Report Receiving 2 Moissanites Submitted as Diamonds

The discoveries were outlined in the Lab Notes section of the fall 2022 issue of Gems & Gemology.

MajorsNov 17, 2022
Boucheron’s Magical Holiday Campaign Has Landed

“Boucheron Wonderland” showcases best-selling styles, high jewelry, and some familiar faces.

×

This site uses cookies to give you the best online experience. By continuing to use & browse this site, we assume you agree to our Privacy Policy