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Courtesy of David Yurman
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David Yurman: the Hamptons, Waves, and Frontier Collections

By Stephanie Smith-Strickland

January 8, 2014

Thirty years ago, David Yurman first introduced the Renaissance Cable Bracelet, an iconic piece that would come to be representative of the creativity and innovation of the brand. This season Yurman has returned to his signature cable construction, thoroughly incorporating new permutations of the style in both the men’s and women’s collections.

A single cable of gray diamonds, blue sapphires and lavender spinels was set against sterling silver in one chunky bracelet from the beach-inspired Hamptons collection. As the name suggests, this collection is an elegant homage to the swell of the tides. The fluidity and movement of the pieces found within are representative of the metamorphoses of the original David Yurman cable.

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Paralleling the water motif of the Hamptons collection is the Waves collection for men. Inspired by both the woodblock prints of Japanese artist Hokusai and the hand gaurds of 18th-century Samurai swords, the bracelets, rings, and amulets of this collection feature bas-relief carvings and a fluidity inspired by the undulations of water. This year’s collection also finds Yurman exploring the contrast of silver against gold.

On the women’s side, the Petite Pave collection proved to be a collectors delight offering mix-and-match bracelets in yellow gold, sterling silver, and darkened sterling silver. The collection’s playful downtown spirit finds a personal edge thanks to monogrammable ID bracelets and twinkling combinations of colorful sapphires and white and black diamonds. For those searching for a signature piece that is monogram free, the limited-edition fluorescent pave pinky rings provide subtle flair. Disguised at the center of these rings are phosphorescent diamonds that glow in the shape of a star or heart when introduced to UV light.

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Similarly the men’s Frontier collection—inspired by the Southwest and Yurman’s father’s love of horses—experiments with new techniques and locally-sourced materials. Leather complements tiger’s eye and turquoise while Nevada silk stone and sterling silver are crafted into amulets, bracelets, belt buckles and necklaces. The crowning glory of this collection however is Yurman’s use of handmade inlays from artisan craftsmen in New Mexico.

Other highlights of the season include the debut of a men’s cable collection. For women, this season marks the first use of pearls, which can be found throughout the brand’s beloved Starburst.

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