Brent Neale established her namesake jewelry line in 2017 after eight years as the jewelry director at Kara Ross overseeing design and product development. Winston harnessed her love of bold color, fairytales, art and 60’s & 70’s counterculture into one-of-a-kind designs that capture the magic, surprise, and pleasure of wearing fine jewelry. Each collection playfully evokes the unexpected tensions and imaginative contrasts Brent favors; a rainbow is deconstructed, a lapis doorway is edged in gold, a cannabis leaf is hidden amongst a vase of flowers, and mushrooms and snails, which speak to her love for magic and moving at ones own pace. While priding herself in using the finest materials and working with the top craftsman in Manhattan’s storied 47th Street Diamond District, the handmade pieces are designed to be treasured daily. The choice to keep production in New York City remains an homage to the craftsmen who taught her.
As a small jewelry house that specializes in one-of-a-kind and limited number pieces, Brent is big on small details. She oversees every step of the design process–from sketching each piece by hand, to approving wax models and working directly with gem suppliers, cutters, and bench jewelers on 47th Street so that each vision comes to vibrant life. She would never approve a piece that she wouldn’t proudly wear herself.
Brent Neale jewelry is produced in New York City, and she relies on ethically-sourced materials to the best of her ability, using exclusively natural diamonds sourced from suppliers who are participants in the Kimberly Process, ensuring the stones are conflict-free and in compliance with United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) Resolution 55/56. Her gold comes from United Precious Metals, which uses “re-defined” (recycled) metals sourced from their in-house process of refining precious metal-bearing materials, sidestepping the mining industry. By minimizing the footprint and supporting ethical suppliers, Brent Neale plays a small but important part in making jewelry that is beautiful, lasting, and environmentally responsible.