HERE’S LOOKING AT YOU: Our toast to the skill and wit of jewelry designer Anthony Lent
Wandering Eye Ring
The fundamental things that apply and make Anthony Lent's jewelry so wearable and so giftable are the distinctive merging of painstaking craftsmanship with a highly personal vision. His gold and silver surfaces reflect a total commitment to quality. The forms may be classic or idiosyncratic, and are sculpted with style.
Whether you love the allure of fine jewelry as a personal statement, or as a gift that shows your perspicacity, Anthony Lent's collection at Gump's will offer a ring, necklace, or earrings and more to please.
STAR FACE EARRINGS
Your choices are varied: the classic look of 18-carat gold Earrings set with diamonds that radiate a star-struck chic.
Or the 18-carat gold and sterling silver Moonface Ring, set with diamond eyes, whose whimsical and benign expression reflects 19th century celestial drawings.
Sculpted of 18-carat yellow gold, what Lent calls his Morpheus Earrings are an elegant combination of tranquil faces and wings shaped into earrings. They are inspired by Morpheus, the ancient god of dreams. They say "Dream and take flight."
(How appropriate for a jeweler that the origin of "Morpheus" comes from the Greek for "form" or "shape.)
TAHITIAN PEARL & DIAMOND NECKLACE
Anthony Lent's love of the whimsical emerges in this graceful pendant. In an 18-carat gold setting, it combines a glowing Tahitian pearl with multiple white diamonds on a fanciful base that culminates in a dangling pair of gold legs! A master stroke of design that not only finishes off the pendant but "kicks" its elements into another realm of fancy. Cousin to idiosyncratic Victorian jewelry and other jewels of times past? Going back to Renaissance goldsmithy?
"Tony," as he's widely known, owes his status as a master jeweler to the study of sculpture, glass and metals at the Philadelphia College of Art where he discovered that many of his favorite artists, such as Benvenuto Cellini and Albrecht Durer, were also goldsmiths. Lent went on to further study in Germany, where he immersed himself in the traditions and technologies of European design.
When Anthony Lent returned to the United States, he worked as a jeweler in New York City for fine jewelry houses and also created a unique line of his own. He taught at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), where he was chairman of the Jewelry Design department from 1990-2001
JEWELER ANTHONY LENT with his sons David & Max.
Lent's design studio is near Philadelphia, in an old carriage house where he works with his sons David and Max, fashioning the fine jewelry for women and men that has been his focus for nearly fifty years. With a unique ability to combine - in his own words - sophistication with irreverence, Anthony Lent has found inspiration in sculptural figures, celestial bodies, human faces, and creature both fabled and feared.
HERE'S LOOKING AT YOU.