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Jewelry Designer Graziela Kaufman Shares Her Favorite Things

The jeweler, a favorite of Amy Adams and Claire Danes, shows off some beloved items.

Photos: (perfume) Courtesy of vendor; (all others) Anna Knott

With celebrity clients such as Amy Adams and Claire Danes, 22 shops nationwide carrying her products (including Material Possessions, 704 N. Wabash Ave.), and a brisk business on QVC, Graziela Kaufman is ready to take her traditional yet edgy jewelry line, Graziela Gems, to the next level: The 43-year-old São Paulo native hopes to start selling in department stores this fall. “My love for jewelry and gemstones started when I was little,” says Kaufman, who, as a child, watched her grandfather make jewelry in Italy. Today she lives in a Tudor-style house in Highland Park with her husband, John, and their four sons. Here are some of her favorite things.

Restoration Hardware chandelier

Restoration Hardware chandelier

($995 for similar style, 938 W. North Ave.)
“Reminds me of Colorado.”

 

Graziela Gems silver and topaz earrings

Graziela Gems silver and topaz earrings

($290, grazielagems.com)
“My new obsession.”

 

L’Eau Serge Lutens perfume

L’Eau Serge Lutens perfume

($110 for 50 milliliters, barneys.com)
“Crisp, fresh fragrance without a flowery, woodsy smell.”

 

Chanel lip gloss in Twinkle

Chanel lip gloss in Twinkle

($30, Macy’s, 111 N. State St.)
“I’ve worn this for 20 years!”

 

Jimmy Choo patent leather pumps

Jimmy Choo patent leather pumps

($595, 835 N. Michigan Ave.)
“It’s either very high heels or flats. Nothing in between.”

 

Graziela Gems silver and gold-plated zircon ear cuffs

Graziela Gems silver and gold-plated zircon ear cuffs

($170 for a pair)
“The definition of wearability.”

 

Dialmax precision gauge

Dialmax precision gauge

($36, riogrande.com)
“It’s old, but it’s my favorite tool [for making jewelry].”

 

Arlene Byster custom desk

Arlene Byster custom desk

(bysterstudios.com)
“Doors, drawers, and space for jewelry trays on both sides.”

 

Vintage vase

Vintage vase

“I have 30 foo dog vases dated 1912 to 1920.”

 

Bulgari 18-karat gold watch

Bulgari 18-karat gold watch

($27,400 for similar style, 909 N. Michigan Ave.)
“A good machine and an exquisite piece of jewelry.”

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