Muse 35th Anniversary Collection Blue Sapphire Cluster Ring, Lagos ($995).
Among Philly’s pantheon of trailblazing companies that have elevated the city’s status on style, Lagos has continuously led the way in jewelry. Now celebrating its 35th anniversary, Lagos remains one of the nation’s preeminent jewelry designers—its items are sold in 300 stores nationwide—with a flagship boutique on Rittenhouse Square. “It’s hard to believe that it has been 35 years,” says Steven Lagos, the company’s founder and creative director. “It’s amazing to look back and see what we’ve accomplished—Lagos has become everything I had hoped for.” In honor of its 35th anniversary, Lagos just released Muse, a spectacular blue and pink sapphire collection, as well as Venus Link, a collection that showcases malachite and turquoise stones. The company has also ventured into gold, which was a small presence in previous collections but now plays a more dominant role in the metal scheme.
Most exciting to Lagos himself, however, are the company’s increasing forays into couture design. “The couture is a complete folly,” he says. “It’s my lab—a place to experiment and develop new ideas and concepts. It’s also an opportunity for our customers to own an original. It’s the difference between a lithograph and a hand-painted creation. The couture can be inspired by a one-off unusual gem that I find, or may explore a particular jewelry-making technique.” And according to Lagos, he and his team are anything but slowing down. “With 35 years behind us, we have a lot of experience and momentum,” he says. “I have so much more I want to do. In many ways I feel like we’re just getting started.” 1735 Walnut St., 215-567-0770