If the name Heritage Jewelry conjures up images of elaborate Victorian gems, think again. The jewellery line conceived by Elizabeth Bonner and Lilly Weekes in 2016 in NewYork brings contemporary verve to sentimental charms and talismans, all handcrafted in 14-18ct gold and featuring precious gems alongside colourful enamel and playful personalised elements. For those looking for an alternative gift, its whimsical designs hit the mark and can be ordered online.
Take their first piece: the statement Zodiac Max pendant ($5,000), a 4cm gold disc sliced into the 12 signs of the zodiac, where birthstones – “or whatever stones you would like” – can be placed to indicate the birthday of both the wearer and loved ones. Smaller versions are also available (23mm, $2,500; 28mm, $3,500) and each customisable keepsake comes with a long 76cm or 60cm 18ct gold chain. Subsequent pendant designs include a range of charms that look striking grouped together: love-heart lockets ($500) come in pink, black and white enamel set with a tiny diamond, while oval versions ($600) come in cherry red, ochre and ivory white; four-leaf clovers ($500) come in 14ct gold, as do the diamond-studded initials ($500) and a St Christopher ($650) medallion.
Enamel is another strong theme on the site. Simple and stackable rings ($500) come in a variety of eye-catching colours, and single and double bands are offset with large central stones. For example, a deep-green-coloured ring ($1,200) is paired with a striking citrine, while a double rich-red band ($1,600) flaunts a chunk of rutilated quartz. “Colour options are limitless,” declares the site. “If you don't see your desired stone or band colour, please contact us directly.” The same goes for the enamel Name rings ($700) where words or dates as well as small gemstones can be added to enamel bands, ranging from tangerine to lime to fuchsia. This is perhaps Heritage’s main appeal: despite being an online-only business, it works closely with clients after the order is placed so that even the smallest stacking ring takes on a bespoke air.