Rosanne Pugliese is a designer I have admired for a long time - how could I not? Her designs are simple and elegant, but also bold. Rosanne chooses incredible stones and creates settings to enhance their beauty - she is a maker as well as a visionary and her passion for jewelry radiates through each of her designs. Honestly, I feel honored that she took the time to chat with me.
Each photo in this post if by one of my very favorite stores, that is also a very big fan of Rosanne - August in LA. They also just posted an awesome interview with Rosanne that is not to be missed. See it here!
More about the amazing Rosanne Pugliese below.
It was a leap of faith. I started soldering and taking jewelry-making classes about 20 years ago while still working in the fashion industry. There were only a few “artisan” jewelers around at that point, but I knew I wanted to create jewelry that was more expressive and sculptural than what was available in the stores, yet also more modern and elegant than “craft” jewelry. Friends started buying my work. The turning point came in 2003 when I sold my collection to Barneys New York.
I love to sit at the bench and work with gold wire, a torch and a hammer. Forming and shaping materials by hand is more productive for me than sketching. As much as I love the idea of beautifully carved or highly ornamented, complex jewelry, I get more pleasure from combining very simple elements such as finely hammered 22k gold links which can express texture and movement, with a gorgeous gemstone and finding a sculptural quality that happens when combining the two.
I always gravitate to beautiful forms: roots, vines and tendrils have always been present in my work, and I love the symbolism and arrangement that serpents take in art. Favorite stones are an inspiration by themselves: ethically-sourced Aquamarines, tourmaline, quartz, moonstones, amethysts of various hues. Love to see the inclusions and imperfections in a stone to witness the way the gem formed in the earth. We let the gemstones speak by setting them in finely made, simple gold frames. These allow the light to play with the color, sparkle and texture of the gems. It is also important to us to use recycled high karat gold.
My favorite design is a gumball sized, dark grey Tahitian pearl which is set on a 22k gold matchstick and long gold chain; it is something I wear everyday, seems to work with everything I own.
Other than jewelry: Balance in life is very important: I love my profession, but spending time with my husband and 2 sons; enjoying great food, books, film; time away on the beautiful Maine coast make me very happy
Currently listening to: We saw Hamilton on Broadway a few weeks ago (after purchasing tickets last October!) needless to say this is my current obsession, so amazing on so many levels