Philadelphia's Top 5 Fashion Artisans
by marni prichard manko
THE JEWELER: DIANA VINCENT
As the niece of internationally acclaimed couturier James Galanos, who designed for Marilyn Monroe and Nancy Reagan, Bucks County jewelry designer Diana Vincent grew up with a burning desire to create. “I’m constantly observing my surroundings and being mindful of the beauty I can find,” says Vincent, the youngest recipient ever of the prestigious DeBeers Diamonds International Award. “I’m able to see a fold in a piece of fabric, a bowl of pasta, or a twist in a petal, and the design will begin to emerge,” she says.
With her creations gracing the red carpet at the Academy Awards, the Vogue VH1 Fashion Awards, and in the pages of leading fashion publications, Vincent cites soft form, movement, simple sophistication, and fluidity as hallmarks of her design. And her creations have a decidedly unique and distinct style.
“There’s originality in my work that’s recognized because I stay true to myself from a creativity standpoint,” she says of the diamonds, gemstones, pearls, platinum, gold, and silver she melds into sophisticated works of wearable art. “Other designers follow trends, so they end up looking like everyone else. I don’t imitate, I originate—and people understand that when they see my designs.” Diana Vincent Jewelry Designs, 1099 General Greene Road, Route 32 and 532, Washington Crossing, 215-493-0969
FROM LEFT: RGM Pennsylvania Series 801E, RGM Watch Company ($9,200). Roland Murphy.
photography by evan sung