Russell Jones

Pearl and Diamond Split Necklace

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    The natural beauty of a freshwater pearl shines through in this one-of-a-kind pearl drop necklace. The horizontal setting of the stone showcases its unusual shape, while tiny embedded diamonds enhance its lustrous glow. Set on a 16” 14k gold chain. Fine white freshwater pearl measures 14 x 33 mm with .2 ctw diamond.

    “What attracts me to pearls is that they are a natural precious object that is not altered. I spend a great deal of time selecting each individual pearl used in my split necklaces, I look for beautiful luster and unusual shapes.” - Russell Jones



    A true artisan, Russell Jones crafts every element of his jewelry by hand. A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, Russell pursued a successful career as an editorial illustrator and web designer in New York City before turning full-time to his true passion, jewelry design. In his work, Russell favors gemstones in their natural, untouched state, such as uniquely shaped pearls and raw tourmalines. He embeds them in clean, simple settings, which he sketches in elaborate renderings before beginning working with the materials. Russell counts historical jewelry as one of his influences and often incorporates playful elements from antique designs such as his signature mismatched “King and Queen” earrings. Russell currently splits his time between his studio in Hudson, New York, and teaching jewelry design and rendering at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn.

    It’s not your mother’s pearl necklace anymore. This imaginative update of the classic pearl drop is both contemporary and cool. Dress it up or dress it down—it’s sure to add a touch of bohemian glamour to any look.