The Making of a Red Carpet Masterpiece
Jewelry Designer Jade Trau talks to us about the creation of her Forevermark Exceptional Diamond Red Carpet Cuff
One piece that set the red carpet ablaze this year was the stunning Forevermark by Jade Trau Exceptional Diamond Cuff boldly accessorising actress Olivia Munn’s 88th Academy Awards look. Accentuating the stunning piece is a show stopping 12.06 carat Forevermark Exceptional Diamond. Jade Trau gives us some insight as to the inspiration to the design along with the craftsmanship that goes into making such a masterpiece.
Jade Trau was founded by sixth generation diamantaire Jade Lustig. As founder and creative director of the brand, Jade is a true embodiment of her work. Her collection creates a synergy between her past and her present, drawing upon her family heritage in the diamond industry. Jade’s namesake line, which includes exclusive Forevermark collections, is characterized by clean lines that accentuate the intrinsic beauty of diamonds. Jade’s signature ear cuffs and chic signet rings have become fast favorites for in-the-know women and style influencers from the streets of her native New York City to the red carpets of Hollywood .
Q: What was your inspiration for designing this particular cuff?
A: I wanted to make a bracelet that was a true, stand-alone couture moment, and all about the beautiful contour of a woman's arm. I really love the “Rae” wrap ring that is part of my signature collection… just a subtle aberration from the classic solitaire, and yet it has a totally different, modern feel. I wanted to do the same thing with this bracelet. You see so many red carpet moments with women stacking all these incredible bracelets one on top of the other, which translates to a big look, but the beauty of the individual stones can get lost. Don't get me wrong, I love a good arm party, but this diamond deserved more than that!
Q: Did you start with a design concept or did you start with the diamonds and get inspired from there?
A: I definitely did not make any design decisions until I saw the diamond that was going to be the star of the piece, a Forevermark Exceptional Diamond, which is incredibly rare… one in one million. Then, it took some time to come up with a design that accentuated the beauty and brilliance of the stone without stealing any of its thunder. I love the way the Exceptional diamond just dips down towards the hand...it feels royal, like a tiara for the wrist.
Q: Why do you choose to work with Forevermark diamonds?
A: When I choose Forevermark diamonds, I know I am getting quality and integrity. Forevermark selects only the most beautiful and rare diamonds, and they are responsibly sourced. The comfort of knowing the supply chain, the direct mine to market guarantee, is pretty exceptional and comforting in an industry where diamonds can pass through many hands before ending up in yours.
Q: Tell us more about the piece- what materials and how many diamonds did you use to create the cuff?
A: The construction of the double wrap on a solid 18k gold cuff was the hardest part of this piece. I didn't want a flexible/coil-like bracelet because I feel that can look more casual. The cuff took about 40 hours of straight design work to get this piece to a point that it was ready to be worked on...then more than double that on bench to fine tune the angles of each turn and how each stone was set. So, a total of 120+ total hours to create the piece. The cuff features 163 individual diamonds with a total carat weight of the piece is 17.20 carats, featuring the 12.06 round brilliant Forevermark Exceptional Diamond as the star of the piece.
Jade Trau has partnered with Forevermark since its launch in the United States, using her contemporary and delicate aesthetic to master Forevermark diamond beauty.
Image of Olivia Munn by Getty Images.