I spent an entire dinner date staring at my friend’s hand. I was enthralled by the powerful gold ring she was wearing with aplomb – an incredibly lifelike miniature hand clasping tightly at her index finger. This unusual ring brought to my attention the striking work of Colombia-born, New York and Miami-based jeweller Pili Restrepo, who launched her eponymous label in 2017, marrying a bold aesthetic with a focus on ethically sourced, fair-mined materials.
“Growing up, my mother would wear big statement pieces of jewellery, so I saw how they can give the wearer a sense of personality,” says Restrepo of the label’s quirky yet sophisticated appeal. The aforementioned lust-worthy BG ring ($1,450), crafted in 10ct mercury-free yellow gold, is emblematic of the rest of the line: free-flowing designs created by Pili and her team of artisans in New York from sustainable yet luxurious materials. The Beget collection also features hands as earrings (from $840 for a single earring), embellished with black diamond nails and topped with spessartine or tanzanite, while the Digitus ring ($1,060) mimics a finger, adorned with micro pavé black diamonds on the nail, and is both playful and decidedly chic – plus 10 per cent of proceeds from the Beget collection are donated to environmental charity Pure Earth.
Organic shapes are replaced with clean, minimalistic lines in the Circe collection, inspired by the disciplines of ballet and architecture. The curved gold forms are complemented with stones such as pink opals and blue chalcedonies, with many pieces – from the gold Aquilo hoop earrings ($860) and dangling Boreas II earrings ($1,000) to the gold, pink opal and blue chalcedony Suno ring ($1,060) – featuring moveable discs or jewelled bezels. Stones can also be swapped for pearls or semicircles of mother-of-pearl (Circe pearl earrings, $1,850); all are made-to-order in mercury-free gold. Restrepo’s collaborations with writer and illustrator Amalia Andrade (gold and enamel El Sol earrings, $98) and ethical retailer Maison de Mode (banana or chilli charm earrings, $220) add fun and colour to the e-boutique’s mindful collection.