Vamp up your favourite runway looks with dramatic pieces in black diamonds, ceramic and darkened gold. The punk rock tops, long velvet dresses or white fur coats that are all the range this season are gorgeous matches for fashionable baubles such as Gaydamak's Wave hand bracelet in black gold and diamonds, and Paris jeweller Édéenne's Black Tulips ring. Draw attention to your digits with Damiani's Riccioli black diamond ring, which is designed to adorn four fingers, or keep it simple with the brand's D.Icon range of ceramic pendants. For more ornate accents, check out Miami-based Dionea Orcini, whose Amaneé earrings in black gold and diamonds feature arabesque patterns that draw on Indian palmistry, or the lifelike Black Sea fish brooch from Van Cleef & Arpels' latest Seven Seas collection.
The name Cristina Ortiz is well known in the world of fashion. A former design director for Prada in Milan, Ortiz has also been creative director for Salvatore Ferragamo, Chantelle, Brioni and Lanvin. Ortiz graduated from the fashion institute Ecole de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne, and for the past decade has focused on helping brands develop a strong identity. In 2014, she embarked on a new adventure designing her own jewellery line.
Spanish-born Ortiz spent her first 16 years in the Canary Islands and says the sea, sun and volcanic terrain of the islands contributed to the development of her artistic sensibilities. For Ortiz, the perfect design is one that combines uniqueness and general appeal, a form that can stand the test of time.
In designing her first collection, a line she says is dedicated to all self-confident women, Ortiz tried to capture the movement of angels' wings in a modern way. "I took inspiration from a distant world... a harmonious blend between fantastical creatures and enigmatic angels, with jewellery that is a sophisticated synthesis of form and meaning." The pieces have a sculptured look, with winged or curved rings and earrings set in black diamonds.