New Yorker Nina Runsdorf can be credited as a pioneer in the jewelry industry for her 'Flip' ring and use of huge gem slices to create unique statement pieces. A long time jewelry lover and designer, Runsdorf's eponymous collection is a red carpet favorite. Also, our favorite, because what's an Oscar night celebrity appearance without reaching the little people? We were delighted to visit her little 'slice' (get it?) of heaven in NYC's midtown and may or may not be straining at the leash for an invite back to play with jewels we don't deserve. Call us!
What's your idea of ultimate luxury?
I cherish understated luxury, integrity in quality, the way it makes you feel when you wear it, drive it and live it.
Let’s have dinner at your favorite neighborhood restaurant. Where do we go and what do we eat?
If you could buy any piece of contemporary jewelry from another jeweler, what would it be?
Buccellati Cuff, the design and jeweling is unique and unsurpassed.
If you could orchestrate the perfect first date, what would it entail?
I’m happily taken. But the ideal first date should involve lots of conversation.
What’s the best movie you saw in the last six months?
I haven’t been to the movies in ages.
What's your go–to cocktail?
Hendricks and tonic with a slice of cucumber
The gemstone you’re currently lusting after is . . .
10 carat Light Grey Emerald Cut Diamond
What's your favorite holiday and why?
Thanksgiving, it’s all about family
What’s your favorite piece that you made in the last year and why?
This past year my collection is about rare emeralds, I treasure a pair of 66.61 carats emerald bead and rose cut earrings with a matching emerald and rose cut pendant.
You have 30 minutes to work out – what do you do?
A power walk around the reservoir in Central Park.
What was the first piece of jewelry you bought for yourself?
A sterling silver vintage Hermes bracelet.
If you could have dinner with any artist, living or dead, who would it be and why?
An old family friend Richard Prince, we could reminisce about the past.
What's the most sentimental piece of jewelry you own and tell us the back story.
My Flip Ring ™ it was the design that started my company 10 years ago.
Mountains, sea or city? Why?
Mountains, it encompasses activities I adore.
Top 5 bands in your playlist –
You’re having guests for the weekend. What’s your signature dish that you cook?
I hire a chef.
Be honest – who’s your celebrity crush?!
If you could only carry one handbag for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Hermes Dove Grey Matt Croc Kelly
If you could sit front row at any fashion show, which would it be and why?
Contemporary, The Row / Circa 1966 YSL
Tell us your beauty secrets (think: can’t-live-without makeup and skincare)
Lanserhof Lans Spa 2x per year
What's your spirit animal?
If you could be anything other than a jewelry designer, what would it be?
A Fashion Designer