By Michelle Graff

Back in January at the JA New
York Show, one of the new kids on the block that drew my attention was Atelier
Minyon. The designer is a newcomer to the States, having opened up shop just
this past winter in New York’s Soho neighborhood, but the company’s roots are
based in Turkey, where its gorgeous high-karat gold designs have long been

While the aesthetics and the
craftsmanship of the pieces (which have a wonderful movement and fluidity to
them) were what first caught my eye, it was the story behind stunners such as
this 22-karat woven gold bracelet, featuring diamonds and rubies, that kept me
According to Elizabeth Genel,
one of the partners in Atelier Minyon, it’s a Turkish tradition for pieces such
as these to be thought of as “wedding bracelets.” A mother-in-law will
typically gift such a design to her new daughter as a show of solidarity for
the nuptials.

Isn’t that a great tradition? A gorgeous
piece of jewelry makes quite a statement on its own, and when one can not only
pass that piece on as an heirloom but also impart a personal story behind it, that
makes for jewelry that just can’t be beat.

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