The newest addition to the all-star roster at Greenwich St. Jewelers is Bounkit, a collection of audacious gemstone jewelry by designer Hassan Bounkit. A native of Morocco, Bounkit began his career in working for the haute couture houses in Italy before moving to New York. He fell in love with jewelry design and launched his collection in 2006 with the goal of creating pieces that could be worn in different ways, offering endless options from daring to demure. His Mediterranean background is apparent in the use of color and texture in the Bounkit collection, which is known for the incredible color pairings and the interchangeable nature of each piece.
All jewelry in the range can be worn in two to three different ways, or paired with parts of other pieces to double, if not triple or quadruple your jewelry wardrobe. Made in Bounkit’s NYC atelier, each jewel is meticulously handcrafted from sensationally large and or vibrant gemstones giving the collection a modern, architectural sensibility.
We asked Hassan to indulge us and answer our some questions so you can get to know this talented designer.
What’s on your playlist while you’re working at the bench?
I like listening to Jazz.
We’re coming over for dinner, what’s on the menu?
Tajine with homemade bread and salads. After diner we serve Moroccan Mint tea and sweets.
What are you most proud of?
My son Rayan and daughter Jana.
Tell us about an unlikely source of inspiration.
Old Bollywood movies.
What is your favorite quote or mantra that you live your life by?
Always treat the others the way you want to be treated.
How do you stay balanced?
I work in Manhattan which I get my energy from and live in the suburbs away from it all.
What’s your guilty pleasure?
Lasagna and not a veggie one!
If you had to buy a piece of jewelry from another designer who would it be?
Tell us about your most sentimental piece of jewelry and the story behind it.
I made a cuff with a large Fluorite center and leaves set with Peridot and clear quartz. It was featured in Elle magazine in 2006. That was the first editorial with my jewelry.
And lastly, here’s a speed round of one of our favorite games, THIS OR THAT:
Five star hotel or tent under the stars? Tent under the stars
Dance all night or hike all day? Hike all day
Street art or museum of art? Museum of art
Sweet or savory? Sweet
Digital or analog? Analog