Australian black red opal ring set in 18K white gold; micro-set with 234 white diamonds and 377 red and orange sapphires, 36 tsavorite garnets and 5 green tourmalines.
|For over 25 years, Martin Katz has married exquisite gemstones with meticulously designed settings to create extraordinary jewelry.|
Katz, 58, has long had a passion for gems. In college, he built a small business selling puka shell and silver jewelry to sorority girls. After graduation, he moved to California and began working in the trade.
|Eventually, he launched himself as a private jeweler. Becoming a designer wasn’t part of the plan. “Designing came out of filling a void,” he says, for clients seeking a specific piece to round out a vintage collection. “I’d say, ‘If we could make one, we’d take the top of this one and the shape of that one.’ That’s how it all started.”|
His reputation grew, and before long, his contemporary designs were selling better than the vintage.
White gold ring with a 4.25ct oval pinkish orange padparadscha sapphire, microset with diamonds and pink sapphires.
|Katz’s pieces start at $2,500, but the core artistic collection ranges from $25,000 to $125,000.|
He’s especially known for his expertise in colored stones; paraiba tourmaline, red spinel, alexandrite, and notes that pink and yellow diamonds are trending higher.
Cushion-cut Mandarin garnet of 10.25 carats encircled by a micro-set border of orange sapphires and band with white diamonds with 2 half-moon diamond sidestones.
Cushion-cut orange sapphire, 15.5 carats; set in 18K white gold, micro-set with 118 amethysts and 98 diamonds.
Cushion-cut sapphire, 10.95 carats; microset with 128 diamonds and 64 blue sapphires. Set in platinum.
Cabochon fire opal, 13 carats; 354 diamonds, 14 green tsavorite garnets and 179 orange-red sapphires. 18K white gold setting.