Paying homage to the minimalist design and bold colors of her 1960’s-70’s youth, Suzy Landa's collection reflects a love of mid-century design, art and architecture: Symmetric but soft shapes, clean lines, subtle details; statement pieces without the “fuss.” Landa creates jewelry that marries an old world air with a modern flair. She falls in love with a gem and works backward to create something that makes the centerpiece appear as though it was born there. Reliance on warm gold alloys and a satin finish in order to highlight the gems rather than the metal allows those stones to take center stage. In many cases, the resulting pieces are one-of-a-kind.
Inspired by modernist structures and sculpture, Suzy Landa plays with layers, negative space, movement, and dimension to create pieces that look different when observed from varying angles; and they often have unexpected, surprise elements. As a jewelry artist, she is dedicated to uncompromising gemstone quality and expert craftsmanship of the finished product; her attention to detail is evident in the work.
Handcrafted entirely in New York City, the 18k gold, diamond, and gemstone collection is designed to be worn, not stored. It is meant for effortless elegance and easy casual wear. Precious stones may be worn every day, bright colors can be surprisingly neutral, and diamonds… well, what are you saving them for?!
The award-winning legacy has since been passed down to Kretchmer’s stepdaughter Claudia. When both Steven and his wife Alma died within one year, Claudia left her PhD studies in Astrophysics to continue the company her parents built. Claudia’s industry experience and the jewelry knowledge that Steven shared with her made her a natural for the role.