Today, William Henry presented its first offerings designed and created with gemstone pave settings. These new pieces represent an important step for the American brand renowned for its distinctive collections of functional jewelry. The new models, developed in partnership with jewelry designer Scott Keating, add an original and seductive message to William Henry’s existing collections, and represent a new and exclusive offering in the often overlooked world of jewelry for men.
All the patterns on William Henry’s new bejeweled models are created by hand, and hand set in pave with extensive microscopic work. The gemstones used include white, brown and black diamonds, blue and yellow sapphires, and rubies.
Initially, Scott Keating’s designs and setting work will be used on some of the brand’s most exclusive pocketknives. Later in 2012, these gem settings will be also used to create new offerings of writing instruments, money clips and golf tools, conferring a new and original appeal to the brand’s most exclusive collections.
William Henry will start selling the new pieces at the end of the first quarter of 2012, making them available online and through the brand’s network of authorized retailers in the US and abroad.
The seamless integration of classic natural materials, precious metals & gemstones, and state-of-the-art alloys is a hallmark of William Henry’s work. Today’s collections include pocketknives, writing instruments, money clips and golf tools.
“Our limited edition collections are always infused with a distinctive and meaningful message” – Says Matt Conable, founder and creative engine of the company. “It can be imbued in a rare and exotic material such as fossil Mammoth tooth or meteorite, or in the outstanding craftsmanship of an engraver or a koftgari artisan. The design and gem-setting artistry of Scott Keating will add a sparkling and precious new layer to our most exclusive offerings”
A Winner of multiple awards for his jewelry creations, and with customers of the caliber of Jack Nicholson and Jimmy Buffett, Scott Keating is one of the most respected independent jewelry designers in the US. Nature is probably the single most important source of inspiration for his work.
“I love the contrast between the sparkle of gems and the sheen understated look of organic and fossil materials” – Says Keating. "I find inspiration in earth metals and stones, and adding my love of jewelry making translates the work into functional art."
This shared respect for natural proportions and the use of natural organic materials make William Henry and Scott Keating perfect partners.
“I’ve always admired Scott Keating’s creations and I’m thrilled to be able to offer him our superb collections as a canvas for his beautiful work” – says Conable.