“I love things that are not too heavy because I can wear them every day—I get more use out of them,” says self-taught jewelry designer Jacqueline Ytuarte, who launched her kv5 collection in 2003. But, she adds, she also has a fondness for more substantial, statement-making pieces (don’t we all?). As a way of bridging this divide, she’s created her 18kt recycled gold stackable rings, which are made entirely by hand in her studio in New York’s West Village. You can wear them in any configuration you like, from ultra thin—one per finger—to thickly stacked on a single digit.
AHAlife curator Lauren Bush is a fan of the collection, as are Ellen DeGeneres, Teri Hatcher, Mischa Barton, Jon Stewart and Jeremy Piven. And because Ytuarte hand hammers the surface of each ring to have hundreds of tiny facets, they boast a subtle but unmistakable sparkle. We like!
We also like that Ytuarte takes her social responsibilities seriously: She makes all her pieces from 18kt recycled gold, which is less harmful to the environment, and donates a portion of her profits to Women for Women International, an organization that helps women in post-war regions achieve economic independence. As for the name: kv5 is the archeological name for the underground tomb in the Vallety of the Kings in Egypt, which is where the pharaohs were buried with all of their earthly treasure in preparation for the afterlife. Ytuarte's kv5 aims to remind the wearer of our history as humans and of the craftsmanship of the human artisan, which can be seen in every piece she makes. Rounding out the appeal of these rings is the gorgeous packaging Ytuarte has devised for them: A small burnt orange box wrapped in ribbon festooned with tiny gold leaves. Talk about eco-chic…
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