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Ella Gafter

Even before Ella Gafter founded her namesake jewelry collection in 1982, she was a formidable presence in the jewelry industry.

As a Rome-based gem dealer, Gafter sold pearls and precious stones to retailers and jewelers but was often dissatisfied with how they made use of the rare materials she worked so hard to source. Instead of grousing, she decided to design jewels that would do them justice, focusing primarily on pearls — akoya, Tahitian and South Sea. She explains her fascination with the lustrous marine treasures simply: “Every woman looks better with pearls than without.”

Her daughter Talila Gafter, then an undergrad at Harvard, was her ally in getting the project off the ground. Together, they made the rounds to stores with Ella’s first efforts. “We had a little pouch with eight pieces and we sold everything,” Talila tells 1stDibs. After graduation, she “was involved one hundred percent” in building the company, whose pieces are handmade by master jewelers in Naples.

The designer insists that her unwavering focus is the source of her success. “There’s no compromising for me,” she says. She’s been known to replace the pearls in a single piece time after time until she’s certain she’s achieved her ideal result. “A pearl you have to respect,” she explains. “You have to put it where it wants to sit.”

Ella describes the collaboration with her daughter as a “partnership,” with each having her own domain. “I’m all fantasy; Talila is the concrete one,” she says. The company is now based in New York City, with Talila as its president while Ella is firmly at the helm of creative decisions. “I’ve never made a design suggestion to Ella,” says Talila. “Nobody does.”

That forbearance has been earned, says Talila. “I admire that Ella doesn’t take no for an answer, her tenacity, her extraordinary ambition. She believes as long as there is life, there is a lot of beauty to create. She’s a force of nature.”

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Average Sold Price
$10,813
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Ella Gafter 15mm South Sea Pearl Diamond Clip On Earrings
By Ella Gafter
Located in New York, NY
The South Sea Pearl and diamond earrings feature two 15mm diameter pearls from the waters of Northwestern Australia. The design is complete with 0.25 carats of round diamonds. All of...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Artist Ella Gafter

Materials

White Diamond, South Sea Pearl, Diamond, Pearl, 18k Gold, White Gold

Ella Gafter Emerald Diamond Band Engagement Ring
By Ella Gafter
Located in New York, NY
The ring features an emerald cut emerald of fiery color (1.65 carats) flanked by tapering rows of custom-cut baguette diamonds (1.20 carats). All our diamonds are of top quality (col...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Artist Ella Gafter

Materials

Diamond, White Diamond, Emerald, 18k Gold, White Gold

Ella Gafter South Sea Pearl Stud Earrings
By Ella Gafter
Located in New York, NY
The South Sea pearl stud earrings feature two 15.5mm diameter pearls from the waters of Northwestern Australia. The design is complete with two f...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Artist Ella Gafter

Materials

South Sea Pearl, Sapphire, 18k Gold, White Gold

Ella Gafter Pink Sapphire and Diamond Bangle Bracelet
By Ella Gafter
Located in New York, NY
The flexible pink sapphire and diamond bangle bracelet features 30 calibrated oval cut faceted pink sapphires of brilliant hues for a...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Artist Ella Gafter

Materials

White Diamond, Pink Sapphire, Diamond, Sapphire, 18k Gold, White Gold

Ella Gafter Pearl Diamond Hoop Drop Earrings
By Ella Gafter
Located in New York, NY
The South Sea pearl and diamond drop earrings feature two 13mm pearls of fine quality nacre and beautiful lustre. The pearls are suspended from 2 hoops set with round diamonds of top...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Artist Ella Gafter

Materials

Diamond, Pearl, South Sea Pearl, 18k Gold, White Gold

Ella Gafter Pearl Diamond Hoop Drop Earrings
By Ella Gafter
Located in New York, NY
The South Sea pearl and diamond drop earrings feature two 15mm pearls of fine quality nacre and beautiful lustre. The pearls are suspended from 2 hoops set with round diamonds of top...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Artist Ella Gafter

Materials

Diamond, Pearl, South Sea Pearl, 18k Gold, White Gold

Ella Gafter Pearl Diamond Hoop Drop Earrings
By Ella Gafter
Located in New York, NY
The South Sea pearl and diamond drop earrings feature two 12mm pearls of fine quality nacre and beautiful lustre. The pearls are suspended from 2 hoops set with round diamonds of top...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Artist Ella Gafter

Materials

White Diamond, Pearl, South Sea Pearl, Diamond, 18k Gold, White Gold

Ella Gafter Tahitian Black Pearl Diamond Hoop Drop Earrings
By Ella Gafter
Located in New York, NY
The pair of earrings features 2 lovely Tahitian pearls of 13mm diameter and high luster, in an attractive grey color with slight pink hues. The pearls originate in French Polynesia a...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Artist Ella Gafter

Materials

Diamond, Pearl, Black Pearl, 18k Gold, White Gold

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Ella Gafter jewelry & watches for sale on 1stDibs.

Find a range of Ella Gafter jewelry & watches available on 1stDibs. Each of these unique items was designed with extraordinary care, often using gold. While looking for the most stylish antique or vintage Ella Gafter jewelry to pair with your ensemble, you’ll find that Ella Gafter diamond jewelry & watches, from our inventory of 650, can add a particularly distinctive touch to your look. We have 670 pieces in this collection as well as a number of other designs by this jeweler. Contemporary and Art Deco are among the most popular styles of Ella Gafter jewelry & watches available on 1stDibs. While this collection reflects work that originated over various time periods, most of these items were designed during the 21st century and contemporary. Prices for Ella Gafter jewelry & watches can differ depending upon gemstone, time period and other attributes. On 1stDibs, the price for these items starts at $2,300 and tops out at $482,000, while pieces like these, on average, can sell for $19,182.

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