The Squash Blossom located in the heart of Vail Village is known for its unique diverse collection of fine jewelry from all corners of the world.
Thomas Diener is the founder and creative force behind Miles McNeel design. He has a great love for gemstones, especially stones in the rough, which is why he developed his signature and versatile concrete that contains an extraordinary assortment of colors.
Diener loves the way stones look in matrix and in geodes, and brainstormed how to return faceted stones to their original setting. One night as he was walking around a neighborhood in New York City, he turned the corner and the sidewalk started to shimmer. He noticed how this worn-down neighborhood was now transformed into something other-worldly and magical by the mica rock that was mixed into the concrete.
Not only is Diener focused on aesthetic designs, he works on making concrete that lasts. Following suit behind the ancient Romans, who also incorporated different stones and materials into their concrete, Diener’s designs are timeless, hand-made, and eco-friendly.
Taking inspiration from his encounter in New York City and the durability of the long-lasting concrete of the ancient Romans, Diener’s designs bridge the gap between fashion, fine jewelry, and functionality.