Two of Donna Karan’s “babies” are growing up. Mark Kroeker, who helped launch Karan’s Urban Zen line and served as its design director, and Isabel Encinias, who was design director of jewelry at both Donna Karan and Urban Zen and director of the Haiti Artisan Project, are slowly growing their fine jewelry line Tejen.
After debuting the brand in January and showing it at the Couture jewelry show in Las Vegas in June, the duo is expanding their wholesale presence to Browns in London, Tiny Jewel Box in Washington, D.C., and Grange Hall in Dallas. The line will also sell in the forthcoming boutique Artoriz in Shanghai, and possibly at Maxfield in Los Angeles.
Tejen’s diamond and 18-karat yellow gold earrings.
Made from 18-karat Fairmined gold from South America and white diamonds certified by the Responsible Jewelry Council and The Kimberley Process, the line is based on ancient shapes — Tejen means obelisk in Egyptian — and motifs. The signature diamond setting is an inverted princess cut surrounded by a cage of baguettes. Retail prices for the core collection range from $ 715 for geometric gold studs to $ 8,455 for a gold and diamond choker. The most popular piece in the collection is a pair of
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