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Betony Vernon

American

The paradigm shift took place over lunch in Florence, Italy, circa 1992. Betony Vernon, a striking flame-haired jewelry designer, was showing off her most recent creation: the 18-karat-gold O-ring, designed with a nod to a bondage collar, with a smaller ring affixed to its front.

Playfully, Vernon's partner put his pinky through the smaller ring as she donned the larger one. Then, the unexpected happened. “There was an electric impulse running through this piece,” she recalls. “We both felt it.” The feeling changed her life. “That was the moment I knew that jewelry can provide sensation and reinforce an intimate bond.”

Enabling others to experience electric moments like that — to “bring luxury, fantasy and sensual possibilities to the fine-jewelry world” — has been Vernon's aim ever since. “Sex and luxury were never associated,” she noticed, and the jewelry designer set out to change that. The result was her 1992 Sado-Chic collection, which became the Paradise Found collection.

Vernon grew up in Virginia and studied art history, religion and goldsmithing at Virginia Commonwealth University. Following her graduation in 1990, she moved to Florence, later earning a master’s in industrial design from the Domus Academy in Milan. Europe has been home ever since.

Vernon's designs are provocative, sexy. But if you look no further than that, you’re missing a much bigger (and more interesting) point. Vernon’s rings, necklaces, bracelets and other accessories represent a vital part of what she sees as her life’s mission.

“Pleasure,” she explains, “has been associated with sin, wrongness and naughtiness, not with joy, happiness and bonding.” Vernon has set out to demolish that “pleasure taboo.”

So, how is pleasure reflected in the design of Vernon's jewelry (and remember, we are talking sensuality not sexuality)? Early in the design process, she asks, “How many senses can I turn on?” Every detail relates to a sensual experience.

That crisp snap a clasp makes when opening or closing? A pleasure to the ear.

The softness and spring of noble metals, silver and gold? A pleasure to the touch.

And always, Vernon believes, jewelry embodies memory, legacy. A pleasure for the soul.

Find a collection of Betony Vernon jewelry on 1stDibs.

Average Sold Price
$5,558
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Betony Vernon "O'Ring Navel Piercing" Piercing 18 Karat Gold in Stock
By Betony Vernon
Located in Rome, IT
The "O'Ring Navel Piercing" was designed by Betony Vernon in 1997 and handcrafted in lost wax elements. It is a stunning body safe alternative to traditional piercing. It may also be...
Category

1990s Contemporary Betony Vernon

Materials

Diamond, 18k Gold, Gold

Betony Vernon "Five Pearls Bracelet" Sterling Silver 925 in Stock
By Betony Vernon
Located in Rome, IT
The "Five Pearls Bracelet" was designed and handcrafted in 2000 by Betony Vernon using Sterling Silver 925 sheet, lost wax elements and premium quality natural salt water pearls. M...
Category

1990s Contemporary Betony Vernon

Materials

Pearl, Sterling Silver

Betony Vernon "O'Ring Cuff with Locket" Bracelet Sterling Silver 925
By Betony Vernon
Located in Rome, IT
Betony Vernon designed the "O'Ring Cuff with Locket" in 1998. The ball-and-ring mechanism serves to put all of Vernon's Attachments literally at hands reach and ready for action. The...
Category

1990s Contemporary Betony Vernon

Materials

Sterling Silver

Betony Vernon "Wings Collier" Sterling 925 One-of-a-Kind Necklace in Stock
By Betony Vernon
Located in Rome, IT
Betony Vernon designed the "Wings Collier" Necklace in 1999. The prototype for the wing was made with the technique of chiseling. The chiseled wings were then moulded and replicated ...
Category

1990s Contemporary Betony Vernon

Materials

Sterling Silver

Betony Vernon "You Are Mine" Necklace Small Sterling Silver in Stock
By Betony Vernon
Located in Rome, IT
The "YOU ARE MINE" Necklace was designed by Betony Vernon in 2004 and manufactured in lost wax elements in Sterling Silver 925. The “YOU ARE MINE” necklace is constructed with Verno...
Category

Early 2000s Contemporary Betony Vernon

Materials

Sterling Silver

Betony Vernon "O-Ring Wrist Cuff Large" Bracelet Sterling 925 in Stock
By Betony Vernon
Located in Rome, IT
Betony Vernon's "O-Ring Wrist Cuff Large" was designed in 1992 and manufactured in lost wax element. The classic Sterling Silver 925 "O-Ring Wrist Cuff Large" won’t date in your ward...
Category

1990s Contemporary Betony Vernon

Materials

Sterling Silver

Betony Vernon "O’ring Princess Necklace" with Sphere Pendant Sterling Silver 925
By Betony Vernon
Located in Rome, IT
The "O’Ring Princess Necklace" was designed by Betony Vernon in 2001 and handcrafted in lost wax elements in sterling silver 925. The Sphere Attachment can be removed, granting the j...
Category

Early 2000s Betony Vernon

Materials

Sterling Silver

Betony Vernon "Ben Wa Chain" Necklace Bracelet Sterling Silver 925 in Stock
By Betony Vernon
Located in Rome, IT
The "Ben Wa Chain" Necklace was first designed by Betony Vernon in 1995 using lost wax elements and various sizes of rolo' chains in Sterling Silver 925. The timeless BV signature je...
Category

1990s Contemporary Betony Vernon

Materials

Sterling Silver

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Betony Vernon jewelry & watches for sale on 1stDibs

1stDibs offers a range of Betony Vernon jewelry and watches. These unique items were designed with extraordinary care, often using sterling silver. While looking for the most stylish antique or vintage Betony Vernon jewelry to pair with your ensemble, you’ll find that Betony Vernon diamond jewelry & watches can add a particularly distinctive touch to your look, from our inventory of 10. This collection contains 110 pieces as well as a number of other designs by this jeweler. While this collection reflects work that originated over various time periods, most of these items were designed during the 1990s. Many customers also consider jewelry & watches by Eva Fehren, Oreste Dalben and Sacchi Gioielli if you are looking for additional options. Prices for Betony Vernon watches and jewelry can vary depending upon gemstone, time period and other attributes. 1stDibs's price starts at $597 and tops out at $60,255, while pieces like these can sell for $3,979.

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