Doryn Wallach spent nearly two decades in the world of interior design before turning to the art of jewelry creation. The New York City-based fine jewelry designer has been passionate about gems all her life. “I used to sit on the floor of the boutique where my mother worked and sketch the jewelry in the cases,” says Wallach, who grew up in Weston, MA. “I’ve always been drawn to the history and romance of jewelry — and I love the beauty of reinvention.”
After receiving a degree in interior design from the Fashion Institute of Technology, Doryn launched a multi-faceted interiors career focusing on high-end residential design. She began as an assistant at the renowned interiors firm Cullman and Kravis and went on to design residential interiors in New York and Boston. She also worked as an assistant design producer on the television show Extreme Makeover. “Layering complementary forms, colors and textures always came naturally to me,” says Doryn.
The first piece of jewelry Doryn designed, using diamonds from an eternity band that she rarely wore, was inspired by the Art Deco architecture of the Chrysler Building. “When many people stopped me to ask who designed my ring, I realized I could make my passion into a career,” says the designer, who eventually pursued studies at the Gemological Institute of America and the Jewelry Arts Institute. That first ring, now known as the Gladiator Ring, became one of Doryn’s signature pieces.
The dazzling geometric patterns and stylized motifs of Art Deco jewelry, furniture and architecture are a consistent source of inspiration to Doryn, who also cites the entrance lobby of London’s Daily Express Building and the Art Deco architecture of Miami’s Collins Avenue as aesthetic touchstones. Other designs in Doryn’s collections are directly influenced by the designer’s appreciation for beautiful home objects; ladder back chairs, fireplace screens, faceted doorknobs, marble countertops and cabinet hardware have all provided additional inspiration.
Doryn’s passion for bold shapes, contrasting textures and unusual stones is evident throughout her collections. Crafted in 18k gold with a satin finish, her statement-making pieces incorporate stones such as white diamond, black diamond, black onyx, agate, turquoise, red coral, pearl, sapphire and emerald. “I love playing with complementary forms, textures, colors and layers to create jewelry with a timeless appeal,” Each piece is handcrafted in New York, using the finest quality materials. “I think of each piece as a modern heirloom to be passed down to a future generation,” she says.
Doryn was recently named Emerging Designer of 2016 by Centurion Jewelry and was the recipient of the 2016 JCK Rising Stars Editor’s Choice Award in Las Vegas. She lives in New York City with her husband and two children.