NEW KDHamptons for the Holidays: Beautiful Baubles By Memo
Whether you’re treating yourself or looking for that special gift, shopping for jewelry is now easier and more enjoyable than ever, with MEMO‘s curated collection of designer fine jewelry. MEMO is a destination to discover and experience covetable jewelry in the comfort of your own home. Made by independent artisans who value true craftsmanship and design pieces with heirloom quality in mind, each piece has a story to tell. For special occasions and day-to-day wear, (they aren’t mutually exclusive in our book), it’s an exciting new discovery.
When jewelers want to show a special piece to a client, they allow them to take it “on memo.” MEMO wants to extend the same courtesy to you. Select any of their pieces to experience how it feels to have it in your life, without having to make an impulsive decision at the jeweler.
“This company, quite literally, began in a box—a jewelry box, that is,” shares MEMO founder and CEO Debora LaBudde. “I’ve always loved beautiful fine jewelry but the traditional shopping experience left something to be desired—pieces were often intimidatingly behind glass cases or starkly online with little explanation. I wanted to connect with jewelry—and its designer—in a deeper, more meaningful way. It’s such a personal accessory.”
Here’s a look at some of our favorite pieces available now, just in time for the holiday season.
Human rights activist, anthropologist, humanitarian—Pippa Small is a true polymath. The London-based jewelry designer has been putting her own stamp on the jewelry industry since she began designing her bohemian, gem-laden creations 20 years ago. Pippa Small Aquamarine Double Collette Pendant, $970
Contemporary designs meet ancient inspiration in the rich yellow gold of Lalaounis. Founded by fourth-generation jeweler Ilias Lalaounis in the 1960s, the company revived ancient Greek goldsmithing techniques, creating modern jewelry inspired by the country’s rich archeological heritage. Following in the footsteps of their father, today the four Lalaounis sisters – Aikaterini, Demetra, Maria and Ioanna – are transforming five generations of tradition into wearable jewelry for modern women. Worn by style icons from Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Elizabeth Taylor, to Scarlett Johansson and Charlize Theron, the company’s designs are also exhibited in the Ilias Lalaounis Jewelry Museum in Athens. Shop all Lalaounis HERE
Shop all Gurhan designs HERE
Master goldsmith Gurhan is one of the few designers in the world to craft jewelry from 24-karat gold, pioneering its re-introduction. The brand is renowned around the world for its distinctive creations, easily identifiable by their hammered high karat gold and rich lustrous hue. Craftsmen, personally trained by Gurhan in his Turkish workshop, forge the designs by hand. Gurhan also maintains a studio and boutique in New York City, where he resides.
Traipse the globe for refined yet vibrant jewelry and you’ll uncover Bahina. Founded in 2007, the Swiss-based jewelry company merges the talents of its founders, sister duo Annick Jordi and Noëlle Vieillard-Jordi, combining Annick’s eye for fashion with Noëlle’s gemstone expertise.
A love of unique, hand-cut gems, carefully sourced from Jaipur and Italy, sets the tone for the designer’s confident use of color balanced with a timeless aesthetic and the highest-quality craftsmanship. Their collection of statement pieces also explores the integration of hand-carved Venetian glass intaglios, Porcellini shells, and flowers preserved in resin, all set in 18K gold. Shop all Bahina HERE
Here’s how MEMO works: Explore their collections online and order pieces “on memo” at no cost, to experience at home for three days. Try them on with your favorite cocktail dress or with jeans and a t-shirt. Appreciate the craftsmanship up close. If you love a piece, buy it and make it yours. If you don’t, simply send it back. Either way, we hope the MEMO experience inspires you to experiment with jewelry, an accessory that has long been deemed too precious to try.