What gives a piece of jewelry that never-want-to-take-it-off feeling? It must have a balance of modernity and traditionalism, all while having a clean aesthetic to complement everyday wear. That sensibility is what jeweler Steven Messler set out to achieve when he launched Tate.
After working in the New York Diamond District alongside his father and grandfather making engagement rings, Messler saw an opportunity to grow the contemporary space. He aspired to create jewelry accented by unique stones that were more accessible to a wider clientele. “I wanted to make cool pieces that wouldn’t go out of style and that appealed to all age groups. Someone younger could wear them and a grandmother could wear them,” he explains. With that family aspect in mind, the line is even named after the designer’s daughter, whom he notes is also a fan of the jewelry. “Tate is a collection that can be worn today and then passed down too. It’s modern yet timeless.”
When it comes to inspiration for newer silhouettes, like the Branch-Shaped Earrings, Messler insists that ideas can strike him anywhere, whether while shopping or sketching. “Once I was at a furniture store, and it sparked something. My method is different for every piece, and I just hope it keeps coming!” To give his earrings, rings, bracelets, and necklaces a fresh look, Messler often uses a matte yellow gold with mixed emerald, pear, and marquise-cut stones.
What’s next for Tate? Messler hopes to return to his roots by making engagement rings, but this time with an alternative take. Keep an eye out for Tate’s latest Barneys’ exclusives, which have the signature mix of interesting stone in various sizes made from well-crafted materials.