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Better by Design: The New Betteridge Collection

by on September 7th, 2010

Better by design is as much a process as it is an attitude. Every aspect of the design process, from overall concept to the smallest detail, contributes to the unified expression of the whole.

Widely regarded as one of the pioneering masters of modern design, German/American architect Ludwig Mies Van der Rhohe established the foundation for a design vocabulary based on his famous dictum, “less is more.” Every aspect of his design process was focused on achieving this philosophical goal.

It is with much the same deliberation and attention to design perfection that we have approached the development and creation of our new Betteridge Collection products. Every aspect of the product development process results from the desire to achieve design perfection while staying true to our core values.

The goal is to provide an easy, natural and emotional connection between the wearer and the product. Only then is a finished piece worthy of the Betteridge Collection hallmark.

Hand-Carved Aquamarine Pendant by Betteridge

by on September 7th, 2010

Betteridge Carved Aquamarine

Inspired by Egyptian and Sumerian rolling seals, this 100ct hand carved aquamarine pendant was turned from a 200ct plus piece of rough, reported to have been mined in Kenya at the end of the 19th century. Kenyan Aquamarine is extremely rare and is characterized by its sea foam color. Examples in this size are extremely rare.

Hand-carved in Germany by masters of the miniature, this crystal features two owl’s perched within gothic arches and inscribed in Latin with the words “aude sapirre” (‘dare to be wise’) and “amabit sapiens” (‘wise men love’).

Suspended between platinum caps with leaf motif top and bottom and set with 38 2.00mm diamonds weighing approximately 1.00ct, it will be finished with a tassel of graduated sapphire beads weighing approximately 6cts, and worn on a lovely silk cord.

This is truly a unique piece designed to inspire its wearer to be ever conscious of wisdom and love.

Platinum, Diamond and Onyx Bracelet by Betteridge

by on September 7th, 2010

Diamond & Onyx Link Bracelet

Diamond & Onyx Link Bracelet, $29,500

Inspired by the iconic sporting bracelets of the deco era, this Betteridge Collection design is composed of seven mathematically derived tonneau shaped links, curving elegantly along their length and connected by six hand carved onyx links closing to form a perfect circle around the wrist.

Hand set with 5.62 carats of brilliant cut diamonds and supported by an armature of hand thrummed platinum plates and bridges, the easy, natural interactions between each element provide the basis for a timeless design of lasting value.

Every detail in this classic piece has a purpose and a function.

18k Gold Three-Link Tube Bracelet by Betteridge

by on September 7th, 2010

18k Gold Three-Link Tube Bangle

18k Gold Three-Link Tube Bangle, $8,000

If “less is more,” it is also fair to say that less is often more difficult to produce. Such was our experience in designing, engineering and producing our new Betteridge Collection three link tube bracelets.

It turns out that bending three identical 5.00 mm tubular sections of 18K gold, without seams and without crimping, is far more difficult to execute than it was to design.

The end product is nothing less than a testament to the confluence between design and the industrial process, and to the hurdles that we strive to leap in the development of new Betteridge Collection designs.

18k Gold and Enamel Bracelets by Raymond C. Yard

by on September 7th, 2010

Raymond C. Yard 18k Gold Bangles

Raymond C. Yard 18k Gold Bangles

Inspired by the fragment of a sketch found buried deep within the Raymond Yard archives, this collection of 18K gold and hand applied glass enamel bangle bracelets resonate with an elegant and stylish form of distinctly American modernism.

Carefully balanced proportions, precise faceting and flawless polishing, provide a unique connection between person and product. Currently produced in three, archivaly-correct colors, it is available by special order in any color desired.

Fleur-de-Lis Gold Bangles: A New Classic from Betteridge

by on May 1st, 2010

Fleur-de-Lis Bangles, from $3,000

As spring reaches its zenith heralding in both Mother’s Day and Graduation Season, it is with great excitement that we present the first in a series of new Betteridge Collection designs.

Of all the floral devices used in Heraldry, perhaps the most famous is the fleur-de-lis. A symbol often used as a representation of faith, wisdom and chivalry. In a tradition started by the fourteenth century Neapolitan mariner Flavio Gioja, the symbol is often used on the compass rose to mark the north direction.

In this season when we celebrate one’s direction in life, we invite you to find your own true north.