Madeleine Vionnet. Madame Gres. Cristobal Balenciaga. Great designers know their history, and reference it freely in their designs which is what makes it so beautiful & of-the-moment - but timeless at the same time.
Add Sevan Bicakci to this lineup.
The Turkish jewelry designer actively embraces the past & his cultural background, infusing his work with Ottoman and Byzantine influences & oodles of diamonds, tourmalines, sapphires, rubies, peridots, aquamarines, amethysts, garnets...you name it. English translation: run, don't walk to lay hands on his stuff. SevanJewelry.com (or call Saks Fifth Avenue in San Francisco 415.986.4300)
From his gorge (er, I'm now so fabulous that I've fallen victim to the fashion-speak habit of dropping that extra useless syllable) signet rings with sultans in bas relief, to intricate & striking icon rings, to whimsical starfish, whimsically wormy apples and other nature inspired fabulousness, this jewelry rocks (literally!).