Jewelry designer Katherine Jetter has heard Bostonians lean toward traditional designs for their baubles. “But I believe there are art connoisseurs and those who appreciate individuality and self-expression everywhere,” she says. Which is why she’s thrilled to bring her designs, plus notable collections from Cadar, Hoorsenbuhs and Silvia Furmanovich, to Boston. The Vault (thevaultnantucket.com), a Nantucket favorite, will be housed in a luxury penthouse across from Boston Common and offer private, one-on-one consultations with clients
Jetter says the concept came to her when she realized that everyone is hungry for experiences. “I’m focused on bringing that joy to others, but being smart about it,” says Jetter, who notes she’s also planning outdoor events and hosting intimate parties for friends who are comfortable getting together with their own pod. “Most women enjoy shopping with a girlfriend or two—it’s just more fun that way, and makes it more lighthearted. Many of us have a few friends we’ve chosen to band with for social support, so the idea is you choose who you want to sip Champagne with, and we’ll bring the entertainment.”
Oval Paraiba emerald ring with diamonds.
The jewelry designer’s new collection is the result of her setting colored gemstones with custom enamel colors, complemented by gold finishes in a range of sparkly hues. “My work is best known for striking a balance between fresh and contemporary, while maintaining a timeless elegance,” she says. “What sets me apart is my gemstone knowledge, which enables me to source the best possible materials. Customers continually come back to me for that.”
Jetter believes those same customers will also love what she calls her “couture family”—designers, like her, who come together once a year to showcase their work at The Couture Show (thecoutureshow.com). “As a jeweler and designer myself, my eye for curation is coming from a place of seeking not only aesthetic beauty but also excellence in craftsmanship, technique and execution, along with gemstone knowledge and an understanding of the marketplace,” says Jetter, who marvels at Furmanovich’s wearable art crafted from wood and gemstones. “Her aesthetic is incredibly chic, designed with a sophisticated art collector in mind.”
Muzo emerald with diamond-accent earrings.
Her new endeavor in Boston also will include design experiences with couples, where they can view gemstones and work with Jetter to design custom pieces. She’s also planning jewelry dinner parties—with safety in mind. “Perhaps you’re quarantining with a group of friends or two other couples; everyone is staying safe but looking to have a bit of fun. We’ll bring delicious food and wine to your house and a fantastic selection of jewelry based on your preferences.” Customization is Jetter’s guiding force, no matter what the event. “We have gorgeous products, a beautiful space and can work to develop something that brings joy.”
Photography by: Courtesy of the Vault