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David Yurman at South Coast Plaza

Allyson Constantino, David Yurman and Pam Moellenhoff.

New York-based jewelry designer David Yurman was on hand at his South Cost Plaza showroom for an evening reception in June. The occasion? To celebrate his newest collection, Solari, while raising money for The Shea Center in San Juan Capistrano, one of the nation’s leading equine therapy programs. Not widely know is that Yurman is a serious equestrian, competing in reigning competitions with his horse Chicken Enchilada, whom he affectionately calls “Cluck.” That love of horses inspired Yurman to explore equestrian themes in his jewelry. His first buckles were created in the early ’80s as part of the Thoroughbred Collection, introducing his signature style of mixing silver and gold in highly sculptural pieces. What do great design and horseback riding have in common? “There are no short cuts to
excellence,” Yurman said. “It’s all by feeling.”


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