May 16th, 2012
Jewelry Designer, Larkspur & Hawk

Emily Satloff

Emily Satloff

Sometimes the story behind a design and how it is crafted is so intriguing it makes you appreciate the design that much more. Such is the case with Emily Satloff’s jewelry line, Larkspur & Hawk. What you don’t necessarily know when you try on a dazzling pair of Halley’s comet earrings, or shimmering white topaz necklace, is the jewelry’s brilliance is the result of a centuries old technique, called foiling, that was used during the Georgian period (early 1700s to early 1800s). Satloff, who also specializes in selling antique jewelry to private clients, decided to resurrect the art of foiling and use it to create her own line of jewelry. And it is this technique–mixing semi-precious stones with different colored foils–that allows her to create such intense and subtle colors, unlike anything you’ve ever seen.

To top it off, Satloff, is as intriguing as her jewels. We met her at her Upper East Side apartment (the rich, exotic interiors courtesy of Katie Ridder) and were immediately enamored with her elegance, old-world charm and down-to-earth demeanor. She is a woman with a unique and poetic vision; rare qualities in today’s world. (Satloff’s jewelry can be found at Barneys and Net-a-Porter.)

Before you started Larkspur & Hawk you specialized in antique jewelry. What draws you to jewelry? My foray into antique jewelry actually stemmed from my studies and work in decorative arts. I felt that jewelry mimicked the trends found throughout history (silver, ceramics, architecture). Each piece of jewelry was a visual piece of history.

Larkspur & Hawk is your modernized take on Georgian jewelry. Explain. In selling antique jewelry each piece allowed me to act as a conduit to the past. My  new collection is similar in that I have focused on keeping a tradition and craftsmanship alive through my knowledge and expertise, yet adding a slightly modern sensibility. In reference to the craftsmanship, I have revived the art of foiling gemstones, which was an 18th century jewelry-making technique.

Why the name Larkspur & Hawk? As often as we can, our family travels to our home away from home in Beaver Creek, Colorado. The name derives from my favorite ski runs, birds and flowers there.

What do you want a woman to feel when she puts on your jewelry? I want women to feel that when they are wearing my jewelry, they are wearing something unique and personal. Each piece is carefully designed, with the combination of gemstones and foils to brighten the face.

What new designs are you most excited about? The Halley collection. Many jewelers over the centuries have drawn inspiration from celestial happenings, such as Halley’s comet, the only periodic comet visible to the naked eye. [An occurrence that happens approximately every 75 years, and influenced Georgian jewelers.] The luminous pieces from the collection, combining faceted circular stones with pronged foliate detailing is evocative of the ethereal beauty of a shooting comet.

Describe your personal style: My style is geared towards the jewelry I am wearing. I gravitate towards slightly more feminine and romantic pieces that reference the past, yet are modern. If I could wear ball gowns every day I would!

Designers in your closet: Dries Van Noten, Morgane Le Fey, Prada, Giuseppe Zanotti (his shoes are jewelry for your feet), and Catherine Malandrino.

China on your table: Bernardaud Bacchanale.

Favorite scent: Frederic Malle Iris Poudre.

If you weren’t a jewelry designer you would….Own a vineyard.

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  1. I do not know who is more beautiful, the girl or the jewellery!

    Pierre Delatour
    May 16th, 2012  8:59 AM

     
  2. These are even more amazing in person! I have two pair of their earrings and sometimes I just hang out in front of the case at Barney’s Beverly Hills telling people to buy them! I didn’t realise that the designer was so young.

    Brandy McWilliam
    May 16th, 2012  9:21 AM

     
  3. I want to marrying that woman. It is ok?

    Marc from Lyon France

    Marc L'Eglise
    May 16th, 2012  9:59 AM

     
  4. Hi – I am a NYC customer of Emily’s and I have to tell you not only are her pieces to die for, her company’s customer service is incredible. Her answer to any question is always ‘yes’ and then she creates something incredible. Keep it up Emily and Larkspur!

    a customer
    May 16th, 2012  10:01 AM

     
  5. What a treat to learn about this interesting woman and her beutiful jewels!

    kayce hughes
    May 16th, 2012  10:43 AM

     
  6. Photos absolutely do not do these gorgeous pieces justice. To see them in person is to see the resurrection of a lost craft: jewelry as fine art.

    Cynthia
    May 16th, 2012  10:56 AM

     
  7. I want all of it! And, I’d love her to give me a full makeover as well. What elegance.

    Lauren
    May 17th, 2012  1:50 PM

     
  8. On bended knee she said, “Brown pearl Larkspur and Hawk necklace…will you marry me?”

    Joan Ritter
    October 11th, 2012  8:56 AM

     
  9. A rare instance of beauty with brains. Hats off to Satloff and her creativity Larkspur and Hawk.

    Janett
    December 6th, 2012  8:45 AM

     
  10. Absolutely stunning. The most beautiful new(ish) line of jewelry I have seen in years. Emily looks like the sister of a woman I went to school with many many years ago. Ellen. Could it be? Bravo to her and I wish her great success.

    Abigail Moore
    March 3rd, 2013  2:56 PM

     
  11. Please have this beautiful girl come for France. Her jewelry will be a lovely addition to Paris but also we like to having pretty people here too. I will be her private guide to all of the buyer agency! Oh boy I hope she is not married. Hihi.

    Guillaume Delachance
    March 19th, 2013  2:44 PM

     

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