DARIA DE KONING, one-of-a-kind jewels

March 17 - April 9, 2018

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MARCH 17 - APRIL 9, 2018

PALM DESERT, CA — Timed to give attendees of Fashion Week El Paseo wearable art of their own during the annual event’s runway shows and related couture offerings, CODA Gallery presents one-of-a-kind pieces by jewelry designer Daria de Koning. The exhibition and sale runs March 17 through April 9, with appearances by the Los Angeles-based artist on March 17 and March 18 at the gallery.

Daria learned metalsmithing while a fine arts student at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo., and was encouraged by one of her professors to pursue jewelry design as a career. She subsequently earned a gemologist degree from the prestigious Gemological Institute of America. Her love of painting led her to seek out gemstones with elegant purity as well as complex colorations based on striations, inclusions, and fossilization. Many of her customers have become collectors of her jewelry, much as gallery patrons collect works by their favorite painters, sculptors, and photographers.

Gravitating toward cabochon (unfaceted) stones, Daria often names her smooth-faced, couture pieces for their inspirations. For example, Star Crossed Lovers Bracelet presents a tableau of starry golden, rutilated quartz with panels of marquise-engraved gold and citrine/smoky citrine gemstones. Jellyfish Earrings combine rubellite tourmaline with en tremblant tentacles of 18K rose gold, tiny diamonds, and tear-drop tanzanites.

Like her clients, Daria loves the rare and unusual. For example, her Cornfield Earrings showcase a blue-gray, flowery pattern in fossilized coral from the Miocene Age, accented with chalcedony and iolite. Her Eye of Siberia bracelet showcases an 84.20 ct. Siberian cat’s eye pink tourmaline. The richness of specific gemstones drives her to create one-of-a-kind compositions that can never be mistaken for jewelry available in duplicated fashion.

Those who wish to attend the VIP Private Preview from noon to 2 pm on March 17 and meet Daria de Koning should RSVP to contact@codagallery.com or call 760-346-4661. Another artist reception is scheduled for 2 to 5 p.m. on March 18 in support of the nonprofit Animal Samaritans. In addition to an artist's talk, attendees may bring their dogs for a dedicated “Pup Photo Op” to capture furry fashionistas dripping in jewels for social media sharing.

FASHION WEEK EL PASEO, MAR 17-24, 2018, Full Event Schedule