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Piece of the Week: Jade Ruzzo’s Tribute to Tennessee

CollectionsFeb 16, 2024

Piece of the Week: Jade Ruzzo’s Tribute to Tennessee

The movement of the 18-karat gold and diamond “Tennessee Torque” necklace is subtle.

Jade Ruzzo gold and diamond Tennessee Torque necklace
Jade Ruzzo’s latest homage to The Volunteer State is an elegant, versatile diamond collar that will complement any neckline and can be worn alone or paired with a long pendant necklace.   

The “Tennessee Torque” necklace is the latest addition to the designer’s “Tennessee” collection. 

The line centers on the subtle movement of dangling, bezel-set diamonds and gemstones, and like Ruzzo’s “Percussion” collection, it pays homage to music.

The designer explained, “I designed the Tennessee ring, the first piece from the collection, while in Tennessee. Much of my design inspiration comes from music, as my father was a drummer and I grew up around music.” 

In Tennessee, music is everywhere, from Nashville to Memphis to the Great Smoky Mountains.


Jade Ruzzo Tennessee Torque necklace Cymbal pendants
Jade Ruzzo’s “Tennessee Torque” necklace in yellow gold and diamonds surrounded by Cymbal pendants from her “Percussion” collection

“Tennessee has a heart and soul that I felt I could literally hear a beat to—it felt like it moved,” Ruzzo said. 

“The idea of music being felt and movement being heard felt profound to me. This is where my inspiration for the fringe and movement of the diamonds was derived. I wanted the movement to be subtle enough that it felt Iike soft, steady music throughout the day.”

Made and hand-finished in New York City, the Tennessee Torque necklace is set with G-H color, VS diamonds and is made to order in 18-karat white, rose, or yellow gold.

It retails for $39,800. 

To see more from Ruzzo, visit the designer’s website.  

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