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Spring colors are coming early when Scheherazade Jewelers hosts a two-day trunk show of jewelry from Doves by Doron Paloma starting Friday, March 28. From lush greens to sky blues there are a rainbow of gemstone colors combined with white topaz in jewelry designs from Doves by Doron Paloma.
Building On a Family Business
Doron Hakimian, the president and chief designer of Doves by Doron Paloma, came from a family of precious gemstone manufacturers. But Doron took another path in life to become an architect. Given his innate creative talents, he was quite good at it. After receiving his architecture degree his work in the industry earned Doron several design awards including the prestigious American Institute of Architects design award.
Then one summer Doron sketched jewelry designs for the family business. The seasonal sabbatical from designing buildings unearthed a hidden talent for designing jewelry. The two vocations would ultimately work well together. With an architect’s eye for detail and an inherent gift for drawing, the dynamic duo of skills became the creative force behind the dramatic, colorful jewelry creations that define jewelry from Doves by Doron Paloma.
Doublets and Triplets:
Doron’s architectural background brings much to his jewelry designs. In addition to attention to details, there is also exacting standards of quality and excellence with each piece of jewelry he creates. “My architect’s eye helps me to create pieces that are intriguingly beautiful and naturally flattering,” the designer says of his work.
See these lapis and diamond rose gold earrings at Scheherazade’s.
Doves offers a variety of quality fashion-forward jewelry in 18-karat gold but Doron is known for jewelry set with doublets and triplets. For the uninitiated, a doublet is created when two pieces of gem materials are sandwiched together to create a single gemstone. Creating doublets isn’t new to the gemstone and jewelry industry. Opal producers have been creating them for decades. Opal by itself is a very soft gemstone. To strengthen the opal to be set in jewelry the opal is sandwiched together with a matching piece of its host material on the bottom with the opal on top portion of the doublet.
To create Doves jewelry, Doron literally flips the common doublet upside down. Softer gemstones such as turquoise, pearl, mother-of-pearl and lapis lazuli are combined with a piece of clear checkerboard faceted white topaz on top. The resulting doublet is as strong as topaz, which are close in hardness to rubies and sapphires. Given the unique faceting of the white topaz, the once two-dimensional colored stone now has added dimension, depth and qualities that can only be achieved with this innovative combination.
Maximizing the color of gemstones, with the optical qualities of faceted white topaz, is where Doron’s exacting standards as an architect have noticeable influence. The trick is the colored gemstone bottom has to be an exact match in terms of shape to the white topaz top that is faceted to maximize the color beneath. Once that match is done, a vacuum-tight epoxy seal combines two gemstones to create a single doublet. Doron sometimes uses checkerboard-faceted white topaz to give doublets layered with mother-of-pearl and turquoise, for example, a luster and luminescence that have an ethereal quality.
He’s also known for making doublets with smooth white topaz to create cabochon varieties, such as the common dome or sugar loaf cabochon. Doron has perfected the art of doublets so well that he now creates triplets, as seen in Doves’ Ivory Sky Collection. Be it a doublet or triplet, the top layer of white topaz strengthens and protects the natural, untreated gemstone underneath. It also gives added shine, luster and brilliance while intensifying the natural color of the colored gemstone.
Making the Ordinary Extraordinary:
Doves jewelry is known for its ethereal qualities, but the depth of color that is achieved when creating doublets and triplets makes semi-precious gemstones look much like their precious counterparts. The affordable luxury of Doves jewelry is accomplished using gemstones such as green agate to create a doublet that – at first blush – looks much like an emerald. Many of Scheherazade Jewelers’ customers have even mistaken lapis lazuli doublet jewelry from Doves to be sapphire-set jewelry.
A doublet or triplet masterpiece deserves a fetching frame. Doves jewelry is made exclusively with 18-karat yellow, white and popular rose gold. Many of the jewelry pieces feature a host of diamond accents including traditional white diamonds and trending black diamonds. Precious colored gemstones such as sapphires are also used as accent stones in Doves jewelry.
Celebrity Endorsements and Trends:
Doves by Doron Paloma’s trend-setting designs have gained the notice of today’s leading celebrities and fashion mavens including none other than First Lady Michelle Obama, as well as top movie and music talents such as Jennifer Lopez, Catherine Zeta-Jones and many others.
The First Lady wears Doves’ Angel Hair Collection earrings during the recent Governors’ dinner.
Doves jewelry is ahead of the fashion curve with breaking trends. With amethyst at the heart of the Voila Collection, this line is the perfect answer to Radiant Orchid – Pantone’s fashion Color of the Year for 2014. And, many of the jewelry designs from Doves by Doron Paloma are crafted in rose gold and black diamond accents. When the warm glow of the former meets with the contrasting color of the latter, it’s a killer combination.
Doves’ new collection combines rose gold with white and black diamonds.