By Nadine Kam
Allie Gasper is in the enviable position of being the woman who put a ring on George Clooney’s finger.
The Marketing & PR Representative for Philip Rickard Honolulu has been representing the jewelry designer on meetings with the actor since Rickard was tapped to create the jewelry for “The Descendants,” the Alexander Payne film based on Kaui Hemmings’ novel.
Clooney wears a wedding band in the film, and according to Gasper, knew exactly what he wanted, though the design can’t be revealed until filmming on Oahu is completed.
Of course my question to her at Philip Rickard’s party to unveil his spring collections, was, “Next time you see him, can I tag along?” I’m sure she’ll find herself with many new friend requests.
At the event and fashion show that started at noon March 28 at Philip Rickard Honolulu’s Ala Moana Center boutique, the jeweler unveiled seven new jewelry lines, in the Hawaiian Heirloom Jewelry tradition.
He’s quickly becoming Hawaii’s go-to jeweler for Hollywood and celebs. He’s worked on several collaborations with Gwen Stefani, both for her personal wardrobe and her New York Fashion Week L.A.M.B. runway shows. He also worked on historically accurate pieces for director Mark Forby’s Princess Kaiulani film starring Q’orianka Kilcher, as well as the recent “Soul Surfer.”
The Spring Collections are in Philip Rickard Honolulu retail locations, or can be viewed online at www.philiprickard.com.
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Puanani Collection: True to the name that translates as “beautiful flowers,” multicolored enamels in a combination of bright and pastel spring colors burst into life against a background of 14K yellow gold Old English scrolls. Color combinations can be customized on Puanani pieces to reflect wearers’ personal color palettes.
Nostalgia Collection: (Above) Inspired by the floral motifs popular during the 1940s and ’50s, this collection reflects pre-statehood Hawaii where jewelry was big, floral, fun and made with the working woman in mind. Rickard said his intention was to make a line of jewelry “affordable and trendy, yet completely Hawaii.” The first pieces have an anthurium motif, featured in sterling silver earrings, pendants, rings and bracelets.
Haku Lei and Haku Leilani Collection: These classic Hawaiian rings feature multicolored gold flowers and leaves that recreate the design of head adornments of haku lei. Haku Lei rings feature yellow gold Old English scrolls with pink gold hibiscus, while Haku Leilani rings feature yellow- and pink-gold flowers accented with green gold leaves.
Pukalani Collection: Flowers, scrolls and leaves wind their way around intricate floral filigree openwork designs incorporated in rings, pendants and bracelets.
Naniloa Collection: These are the season’s daintiest pieces, showing Rickard’s work in miniature, with pieces that range from tiny engraved hoop earrings, to pendants the size of a pea.
Pua Mae’ole Collection: The name for thise diamond-enhanced bridal collection translates as “flower of a sweetheart that never fades.” The floral designs feature diamonds blooming out of each flower. It’s available in 3mm and 4mm widths, and can be made in white, yellow, green or pink gold, or platinum.
Kalakoa Collection: In this dramatic collection reflecting the tradition of old English lettering, Rickard cuts each letter from colored gold for placement onto pieces to form loved ones’ names or words of endearment.