Swedish pop star Tove Lo has always found ways to push boundaries within the confines of mainstream culture. While her songs are crafted with a Max Martin–esque precision, she offsets this high pop sheen with dark, unapologetically honest lyrics that deal with sex, drugs, and self-destruction.
And Lo’s new jewelry line is yet another example of Lo combining her particularly raw sensibility with something a little more refined. Her collection, created with her longtime friend and designer Emelie Törling, who crafts boots and jewelry as Leontine, is a delicate yet strong-willed collaboration that combines Lo and Törling’s distinct sensibilities.
It’s true that diamond’s are a girl’s best friend, especially on the red carpet. There’s no other stone so synonymous with the glamour of Old Hollywood, nor one that has greater sentimental value—diamonds are always there to celebrate all of life’s biggest moments. Beyond engagement rings, owning diamond jewelry is a rite of passage— many times these precious, one-of-a-kind pieces are passed down from generation to generation, becoming beloved heirlooms.
In honor of the most timeless of bijoux, we’ve asked industry insiders to share their own diamond stories. Below, some of the experts responsible for keeping stars fresh-faced, well-appointed, and impeccably coiffed tell us what their most precious piece means to them.
1 Sarah Slutsky, stylist
New Zealand model and CR girl Georgia Fowler is now the face of Colette Jewelry. The brand has tapped the two-time Victoria's Secret runway star for an Instagram campaign, wearing pieces from Colette's holiday collection.
“I first discovered Georgia on Instagram, where I followed her travels around the world and was instantly drawn to her ‘joie de vivre,’ warmth, and cool sense of style,” said designer Colette Steckel in a statement. “A serendipitous run-in in Paris last season sealed the deal for both of us; it was meant to be.”
Since launching her namesake collection in 1995, Steckel has designed jewelry inspired by her French-Mexican heritage. Her pieces have since been spotted on the likes of Rihanna, Adriana Lima, and Madonna.
Sotheby’s will host an exhibition for the iconic pieces followed by an auction.
The fine jewelry game can be a bit of a conundrum. Sure, you have your OG behemoth brands that have been in business for hundreds of years—David Yurman, Tiffanys, etc.—but if you're looking for something new and cool (and preferably affordable), where to go? Enter The Last Line. I recently found this brand after falling into a K-hole=like trance on Instagram in search of everyday fine jewelry that wouldn't cost me an arm and a leg. The Last Line popped up—it's a favorite of Paloma Elsesser, Rachel Zoe, Katy Perry and Miley Cyrus—and I was entranced.
My jewelry repertoire may have downsized in recent years, where simplicity rules over ornate, but that hasn’t meant less is more. I’m still a believer in more is more, friends! Which is why I’m excited by my latest jewelry discovery: Wolf Circus. The Canadian label has built a foundation on high caliber, yet simple, gold and silver rings, necklaces and bracelets – all hand polished and plated to perfection. I love the layerable quality of the pieces, especially the rings. Effortless gold bands stacked under signets? So good.
If you can’t find it, make it. That’s the short and sweet backstory you often hear from new designers, among them Jennifer Matchett, who launched her jewelry label Machete in Atlanta, Georgia, earlier this year. The thing she couldn’t find was quite specific: a pair of elegant tortoiseshell earrings in the perfect shades of brown and black. “I personally don’t wear a lot of jewelry, but I’ve always had these tortoise hoops,” she tells Vogue. “I like things to be very simple but different, and when I looked around for other tortoise jewelry, the color variations weren’t there, or the aesthetic wasn’t right. I knew I had to try making them myself.”