At a time when people especially would wear Van Cleef & Arpels, Tiffany and Cartier, a jewelry brand had found its niche in the market. These are modern and entirely different jewelry pieces that would suit the brand founder’s own personal style as well as most of her rock glitterati clients. We’re talking about Loree Rodkin.
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The woman behind the brand
Loree Rodkin is a woman of many talents. This very talented woman was raised in Chicago, Illinois and later on moved to Los Angeles, California where she started as a designer of homes for celebrities such as Alice Cooper and Rod Stewart among others. Then she also became a talent manager of now very famous Hollywood stars such as Brad Pitt, Robert Downey, Jr. and Sarah Jessica Parker. And presently, a jewelry designer with loyal clients like Madonna, Elton John, Cher and Steven Tyler.
Considering her very impressive careers, Loree Rodkin unmistakably has an extraordinary eye for the arts, details, talent and skills. She describes her designs as fashion forward with a twist. Her designs depict gothic glamour. And with her keen interest in medieval arts, Loree Rodkin jewelry pieces are also a splendid mix of medieval and modern styles.
Elite prominence since the ’90s
Loree Rodkin’s jewelry line first debuted in 1990. Her first ever client as a jewelry designer was none other than Elizabeth Taylor who would come in pajamas and buy jewelry pieces at Loree’s home. And even First Lady Michelle Obama is a fan of her jewelry designs. In fact, Loree Rodkin designed the First Lady’s jewelry worn at the Inaugural Ball in January 2009. They were celestial dangling earrings of 61-carat diamonds, cocktail ring studded with 13-carat diamonds and a stack of diamond bangles. All these jewelry pieces are now at the National Museum of American History of the Smithsonian Institution.
Signature Loree Rodkin style
Loree Rodkin not only has an eye for detail and beauty, she also is a visionary. It was something novel, innovative and of course very eye-catching. It was her who pioneered the trend of the iconic “bondage” ring that covers almost the entire finger with a clever mechanism that still enables one to move that finger. The inspiration of such piece was from a medieval armour wherein the hands including the fingers are covered by metal for protection. She uses gold (white, yellow, and rose), diamonds, sapphires and precious stones for each of her fine jewelry pieces exclusively.
Her signature bondage ring with a coiled snake design made of white gold and studded with diamonds and sapphires is a definite statement piece that no one will be able to ignore. Definitely made for an individual who has a strong sense of self and character, someone who is proud and confident. Most of her designs have a rock star quality about them, it was no wonder that most of her loyal clients are celebrity music icons of all time.
Loree Rodkin expanded her product offerings which now include eyewear, fragrances, handbags, candles, bath and body care products and are available at her flagship store in Tokyo, Japan as well as in retail specialty stores all over the world such as Browns in London. Her eyewear collection is also something else entirely. It is a collection of one of the finest and luxurious eyewear available in the market. Loree Rodkin collections are also sold at Net-a-Porter and at the label’s e-commerce site.