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LA-based jewellery designer Kirsty Stone makes the connection between the ‘then’ and ‘now’ in every piece she creates. It could explain why she chose the French word Retrouvaí, which translates as ‘to reconnect with something from your past’ as the moniker for her distinctive line of modern heirloom jewellery. Indeed, she founded her brand on the notion that “the contents of a woman’s jewellery box are passed down through generations, picking up lifetimes of stories along the way.”
The jewellery designer with the rather apt surname, Stone, was born in Toronto and relocated to LA in 2010. Prior to becoming a fully-fledged designer, Kirsty studied commerce at university. Following a stint at an architect’s practice she began making wedding rings for friends and the Retrouvaí brand grew from there.
At her LA studio, Kirsty creates signature pieces including the ‘Compass’ collection, which fuses pink opal with green tourmaline or black onyx with a pop of green emerald. Her equally eye-catching signet ring and pendant collection is adorned with unicorns, flying pigs and lion motifs, crafted in polished 14k yellow gold. In addition to their whimsical eccentricity, she likes to ensure that each design has added meaning, inscribing them with memorable slogans such as, ‘beautiful and mysterious’, ‘fearless and extraordinary’ and ‘anything is possible.’
Magna, meaning ‘great’ in Latin, is the name she gives to a line of abstract rings, boasting emeralds, sapphires and channel set white diamonds. Her circular swivel earrings meanwhile, feature mother-of-pearl or guava quartz, inlaid entirely by hand. By casting classic pearls, radiant diamonds and vividly coloured stones into 14k solid gold, Kirsty imbues each piece with a future-heirloom quality. After all, this is a designer who firmly believes that everyone has a story to tell.