Even the most avid collector and wearer of fine, expensive jewelry is not automatically safe from being labeled “basic.” Many fine jewelry can be considered classic but not all are as unique and rare as they used to be. With the popularity of meaningful stones among the spiritual-influencer bunch, gemstones have gained as much appeal to the market as diamonds. These two earthly gifts are the specialty of Suzanne Kalan.
With almost 30 years in the business, the brand has made quite a name for itself because of the iconic starters it’s fired up in the world of jewelry-making, both in the design and the choice of stones and diamonds. Starting from the less-intriguing silver and Swarovski crystals in the beginning, the brand has since made custom-cut gemstones and organized scattering of diamonds its signature characteristics.
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Bringing back baguette diamonds
If we’re living in a different year from a few decades ago, baguette diamonds would be on every engagement ring you could find. It has definitely seen better days than the present when it’s been overtaken by other diamonds with a sleeker cut and subtler glamor.
The baguette is extremely old school and traditional but the way they’re cut, set, and stacked in Suzanne Kalan pieces transforms it into a contemporary statement, completely changing the way it’s perceived. Suddenly it’s modern and trendy, unlike what people had been used to seeing it for years: just a diamond rock in different shapes and sizes.
The baguette makes a frequent appearance on Suzanne Kalan’s array of necklaces, chokers, bracelets, and rings, always in multiple numbers and sometimes surrounding, side by side, or placed dramatically behind a colored gemstone.
Vitrine, starburst, and fireworks
What’s so different about Suzanne Kalan’s gemstones and diamonds? It’s not really about the stones but the way they’d been cut and arranged. Suzanne Kalan invented the Vitrine concept, which cuts the gemstones flat on top and on the bottom to clear out a tinted view of the panel of diamonds on the bottom. Making the stone the center of attention, pieces using the Vitrine concept does not totally hide the diamonds but draws a different approach to viewing them through colorful gemstones on ring and necklace charms, most especially. This technique is often used, thus becoming a design hallmark for the brand.
The brand’s pieces are also characterized by two settings: fireworks, the signature one, and starburst, the one that came before that. The Starburst setting uses round diamonds that are set in a scattered effect with uneven gaps in between and subtle height differences. This takes a literal meaning of its name, appearing like a star burst into little points around one place, making up one piece of accessory.
The Fireworks setting, on the other hand, is a panel arrangement of rectangular baguette diamonds that show off clean lines and sharp edges. They’re lined together unevenly to exude a sort of carefree vibe in the symmetry, making it wearable even during casual days.
Fireworks has proved to be gaining more demand because the brand has since made varying collections as way of expanding the Fireworks signature design. So far, Cascade Fireworks, Rainbow Sapphire Fireworks, and Evil Eye Fireworks are working up a storm in the world of Suzanne Kalan.
Cascade Fireworks’ main offering is the playful movement created by the dangling charms made of Fireworks baguette diamonds on necklaces, bracelets, and earrings. Colorless diamonds set on 18-karat yellow gold literally cascade down your neck, ears, or wrists. The type of stone used and the design allows it to be worn either for formal occasions or casual day-outs. The Rainbow Sapphire collection, on the other hand, just upgrades the regular Fireworks collection by using colored sapphires in one accessory, making hoop earrings and colorful chokers.
Suzanne Kalan attempts a trendier take with the Evil Eye Fireworks, which features multiple designs of the evil eye charm but the same turquoise center stone, 18-karat and white baguette diamonds on the oval eye shape and lashes. Each necklace comes with different color options including rose gold, yellow gold, or white gold, but the evil eye also goes on rings, a bracelet, and a pair of earrings.
Lebanese-Armenian roots reaching international acclaim
Suzanne Kalandjian, the founder and woman behind the brand is proud of her Lebanese-Armenian heritage. She got her first exposure to the art of jewelry-making and designing through her jewelry store owner father and seamstress mother. The new life of her daughter, Patile, inspired the new beginning of her brand.
Now, Patile Kalandjian is a production head and designs the 14-karat collections. The brand has won a Couture Design Award for the 18-karat Fireworks Baguette Diamond Shield Ring, Gem Ditva Award for the 18-karat Fireworks Vitrine necklace, and Best Everyday Jewelry Award for the 18-karat Fireworks Baguette Diamond Bangles. Not to mention the countless features on Vogue, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, and Martha Stewart Weddings, among others.
Suzanne Kalan attracts a wide variety of celebrity fans; different personalities and personal styles going for the same brand. Some of the most notable names are Jessica Alba, Jennifer Lopez, Lady Gaga, Jennifer Aniston, and Rihanna. If that’s not testament enough, the brand’s designs are now being copied in some parts of the world. Knock-offs are definitely not okay but it only means the brand is making something so good that others are compelled to make exact copies of them. But Suzanne, the designer, is not fazed at all. Besides, seeing the designs would only bring light back to the brand and the right customers would never settle for the second best, especially when it’s not the original.
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