Jewelry’s Dark Side: MadStone
Diamonds may be a girl's best friend, but MadStone jewelry designer Kerri Halpern is exploring her dark side with her MadSkulls collection. From her severe black uniform to her residence above a cemetery, Halpern has a fascination with skulls, superheroes, cowboys and rock 'n' roll that culminates in a collection for the nontraditionalist. Mysteriously eccentric with a gothic twist, the collection mixes cool colors, unusual stone settings and master metalsmithing to create edgy and evocative pieces.
After a decade in the fashion industry, Halpern felt it was time to draw on her travel experiences as well as her passion for modern art and couture design. A self-described minimalist, she has designed collections for women who aren't necessarily interested in Edwardian- or Victorian-inspired jewelry. Her first collections are wild, wearable and showcase her distinct approach.
MadStone's other collections express Halpern's viewpoint. Her signature Bubble line boasts hand-cut gemstones that mirror a magnum of Champagne and effervescent cocktails, while the La Cage designs mimic a sparkling wine cork encasement. Playing with unusual angles and contours, the Octagon collection revisits bangles, hoops and stackable rings with hard angles and octagonal shapes. The Carre line carefully crafts pieces to suggest the square-shaped parks nestled in New York City via an array of custom-cut gemstones, including amethyst, quartz, citrine and fire opal.
MadAnimals and MadSkulls channel MadStone's sinister side as Halpern uses ruby, tsavorite, blue topaz, amethyst, citrine and garnet to create eye-catching pieces such as diamond-encrusted skulls, spiders, beetles and bats set in blackened, rose or yellow gold.
Celebrity fans of Halpern's designs include Ellen DeGeneres and Portia DeRossi.
You can find MadStone online at dianaheimann.com or at these boutiques:
Pop Up Jewelry Gallery, New York
Mia Jewels, Miami
CHURCHILL, Kansas City, Kan.
South House, Memphis, Tenn.
Roseark, West Hollywood, Calif.