Between adding her signature charm to her clients’ homes, interior designer Rachel Bates crafts beautiful pieces of jewellery. She nurtures this second skill with the same ethos she approaches the spaces she decorates—respecting the environment and working with small, artisanal businesses.
Those ideologies are what brought her to her latest partnership with New York-based jewellery brand CINER. Known for their elegant statement jewellery, CINER and Rachel connected after she visited Manhattan two years ago. They then combined their mutual passion for the ocean with their admiration of each other’s aesthetic to create two collections.
The first is Maltese Cross, a range of earrings, brooches, bracelets and rings inspired by classic Byzantine jewellery. With help from CINER’s archive that goes back 127 years, the collection is decorated with a historical aesthetic, modernised by pastel enamels and stones. Look to Maltese Cross for timeless, seasonless pieces that will add an air of elegance to any outfit. Maltese Cross is exclusively available on the Rachel Bates website, and as with all of her work, each piece is made to order, minimising the company’s waste.
The second collection is Corali, eight edits informed by Rachel’s love of coral reefs and CINER’s affinity for colours inspired by the ocean. Stunning hues punctuate all eight edits, like the bright blue in Turquoise Waters and the deep scarlet in Red Corali, an edit that also incorporates the Byzantine aesthetic from the Maltese Cross collection. Corali Icy Sea is a more subtle collection with silver-greys and champagne-toned gems. Unique statement pieces inspired by a rainbow of sea life run through each edit.
“Working with CINER has been a dream and it’s allowed me to use all my creative experience in jewellery design,” says Rachel of her partnership with the jewellery brand. “Both the Corali and Maltese Cross collections are designed to be worn today and enjoyed for generations to come.”
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Written by - Tara MacInnis