With her latest contemporary jewelry collections bedecking Hollywood royalty and enlivening Bergdorf Goodman cases, Sarah Hendler is designing pieces for women who appreciate and understand beauty, functionality and high-quality design.
FROM LEFT Multicolored gemstone Ethel ring in 18K yellow gold with hot pink enamel, $3,675
One-of-a-kind Gemfields Zambian emerald Shirley double-spear earrings in 18K yellow gold with pavé diamonds, $14,500
One-of-a-kind rubellite Shirley double-spear earrings in 18K yellow gold with blue enamel, $13,200
Working alongside her husband, chef and restaurateur Vinny Dotolo, Sarah Hendler has opened critically acclaimed L.A. spots Animal, Son of a Gun, Petit Trois and Trois Mec—but she’s also the jewelry designer behind baubles favored by Kristen Bell, Madonna, Mandy Moore, Ruth Negga and Michelle Williams.
“Vinny is the first to acknowledge that I helped build his business and encourages utilizing his notoriety to complement my brand,” she says. Now a bona fide tastemaker, stylists like Arianne Phillips, Karla Welch and Thomas Christos choose Hendler’s creations to grace red carpets.
Her attention to detail and loyalty to local artisanship have everything to do with growing up in New York in the 1980s and ’90s. Enamored with Broadway and Fifth Avenue luxury, she meticulously observed power in how and why women wear jewelry. “It’s more than just a trend,” she says. So with Valentine’s Day around the corner, Hendler recommends honoring relationships with sincerity. A Sarah Hendler 18K gold, enamel and diamond Ethel ring, one-of-a-kind gemstone earrings or heartshaped quartz or topaz ts the occasion. Then, take in dinner at one of her favorite New York eateries like Prune, Wildair or Estela. sarahhendler.com, bergdorfgoodman.com