Los Angeles-based designer Ann Korman’s years-long training in yoga, meditation and Vedic astrology, among other spiritual disciplines, helped lay the groundwork for her new Awakenings collection, which celebrates the promise implicit in a sunrise: “Birth, growth, and new beginnings of all kinds,” says Korman.
Combining sapphires in shades of pink, yellow and orange with plique-à-jour, an ancient enameling technique that uses cells of enamel to create a beguiling stained-glass effect, the collection brims with standout pieces, such as the 18k gold bombé-style Sunrise ring, featuring 7 carats of hand-cut sapphires in graduated hues.
Equally distinctive are the collection’s two 18k gold and plique-à-jour statement necklaces: One pays homage to the Om symbol, which is engraved on the back side to acknowledge “how everything in the universe is connected,” says Korman, while the Horizon necklace conceals a Gayatri mantra written in Sanskrit on the back. Intended to be spoken as the sun rises, the words are “said to have the energy to fulfill all desires,” according to Korman. Yes, please!