The Thousand Islands, a splattering of islands located along the borders of Ontario, Canada and New York State, is a picturesque yet rather treacherous area boasting crystal clear waters offset by shoals and rocks. New York is also the home base to jewelry brand Bochic - Fine Jewelry.
When pressed I am sure I could not recite the plot of any of the classic films I saw growing up; even now it would be a challenge.
I do not say that because the films were substandard but rather I was always mesmerized by the fabulous ensembles of the lead female actors.
Screen sirens like Elizabeth Taylor, Lauren Bacall, and Grace Kelly personified the strong woman: opinionated, intelligent, independent, and blessed with an impeccable fashion sense.
Miriam Salat and David Joseph’s high-end brand Bochic Jewelry is shrouded in the mysterious, seductive aura of those actors. Bakelite and 18-karat yellow, and white gold blended with carved jade, white diamonds and Egyptian tourmaline produce a stunning array of earrings and cuff bracelets that bring to mind vintage jewelry.
With Salat venturing into the jewelry industry after a stint as a New York civil engineer, and Joseph the progeny of London-based jewelry manufacturers, the two seemed destined to build a fine jewelry brand.
“Miriam and I both have diverse backgrounds. She handmade fashionable, bohemian style jewelry and sold it on the streets of Soho in New York.
In about three months, buyers from Barneys New York found out about her and bought her first collection. She and I met around that time,” Joseph recalls.
“I had always been curious about the process of jewelry design since my family was involved in London’s jewelry quarter, Hatton Gardens.
I felt that there was a unique jewelry concept missing from the market, and Miriam and I are hugely inspired by travel, colors, architecture, and art design. I love to watch old films and I adore classic, Hollywood glamour and style.
Miriam is more technical favoring the marriage of interesting and unusual materials. We are an interesting mix and that is what makes Bochic so unusual.”
The design quality is hands-down bold, sophisticated glamour that range from luminous diamond bracelets to large, sleek black onyx earrings to domed rock crystal and diamond rings.
This past spring, during the awards season, the designer jewelry brand joined forces with Executives without Borders to raise funds for the non-profit organization charity: water.
Charity: water works to “bring clean and safe drinking water to people in developing nations.” Proceeds collected from an auction of Bochic jewelry items worn by such famous names as Sandra Bullock, during the 2010 SAG Awards, went to “support clean drinking solutions in Haiti” after the devastating earthquake.
Photo 1 (top right): White and Yellow Diamond and Gold Scroll Ring
Photo 2 (center): Fancy and Rose Gold Earrings from Origine Collection
Photo 3 (bottom left): 14-Karat Gold, Silver and Pave Diamond Bracelets