Fine jewelry designer brings collection to New Canaan
Published 11:43 am, Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Fine jewelry designer Daria de Koning of New York City brings her collection to New Canaan this weekend. She will exhibit her designs at A Gathering of Potters and Artists, 5 East Ave., Friday Dec. 17 from 5 to 9 p.m., Saturday Dec. 18, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday Dec. 18, from noon to 5 p.m. The location is adjacent to Canaan Nails.
"I strive to design and build works of art that make a person stand out in a crowd -- jewelry that's makes the wearer feel one-of-a-kind," she said. "Each piece is created to become a stylish statement to be fearlessly worn and proudly displayed. In a world over-saturated with jewelry, I aim to create sophisticated compositions that bring daily pleasure and last for many lifetimes."
A native New Yorker, the gemologist and metalsmith graduated from The Nightingale-Bamford School in Manhattan, from Washington University in St. Louis with a degree in graphic design and from the Gemological Institute of America. Her studio is in the Tribeca section of Manhattan.
In 2003 she launched her own business, specializing in engagement rings, bridal jewelry and special occasion pieces. This eventually branched out to offer a full collection of 18k yellow gold and precious stone jewelry. The most highly sought-after pieces are her two-stone drop "Cha-cha" and "Tango" earrings, as well as her hand-hammered 18 karat gold cuff bracelets, which can be made unadorned or studded with gems. de Koning presents her collection frequently at trunk shows nationwide.
de Koning finds her inspiration from nature and architecture, which she often incorporates into her collection as well as one-of-a-kind pieces. Her feather brooch, which features a chalcedony geode surrounded by 18 karat yellow gold and blackened silver plumes and a black diamond stem, was a recent finalist in the prestigious international online competition, METALinclinations. Among the celebrities who have worn her jewelry are a actress Edie Falco, who wore de Koning'sReversible Agate and Diamond necklace to the premiere of the television show "Nurse Jackie."
One of her creations is a pair of swirl earrings inspired by a pair of antique earrings and designed with cognac-colored diamonds and South Sea Keshi pearls. Recently she happened across a collection of vintage buttons that she has developed into a series of 12 gold and silver pieces (one for each month). These are available as pendants, earrings or cuff-links.
de Koning has close ties to New Canaan. Her mother grew up in town and her grandmother resides there still lives here. She is also married to New Canaan native Theo Avgerinos.