Monday, September 21, 2015

LARISSA LANDINEZ

Sterling Silver and Oxidized Silver
Cuttlefish Bangle Bracelet
Located in the Venezuelan state of Sucre, the town of Cumana is rich with historical architecture that includes 17th and 18th century buildings.  Venezuela is also the ancestral home of featured jewelry designer Larissa Landinez.

Though popular nameplate and bar necklaces, and pyramid items are played out style beats in my opinion. 

Can’t timeless design be idiosyncratic and eye-catching?  Landinez would say yes to that question.

The Australia-based jeweler’s collections of sterling and blackened silver and 18-karat gold are a celebration of contemporary, elegant forms. 

Landinez is a master of nuanced details highlighting the lovely gold coil that gently surrounds a white Australian pearl of her Oyster Ring; the sandpaper-like texture of her Cuttlefish Bangle; and the unique, square shank of her London Blue TopazCocktail Ring that she guarantees “is as comfortable as a round shape.”

Oxidized silver provides an inky backdrop to the lovely colors of violet Star Ruby, as well as lemon, mint and rose quartz.  Her simple yet distinctive 18-karat gold Heart Bangle Bracelet was an immediate hit with the respective writer, style director, and editor of Martha Stewart Weddings, Marie Claire (USA) and Vogue (UK).

Inspired by the unique style of Brigitte Bardot and Grace Kelly, Landinez’ penchant for discrete jewelry style began in 2002 under the tutelage of Paolo Bernardoni and Marco Baroni.
18K Yellow Gold Oyster Ring with South Sea Australian Pearl
“I studied contemporary jewelry in Florence, Italy at the schools of Alchimia and Le art Orafi and worked as a goldsmith for 10 years.  I felt very blessed to have had the opportunity to live in a city steeped in such a rich jewelry tradition,” she recalls. 

Intrigued by geometry and kinetics with all its standout details Landinez’ aesthetic is ultimately based in femininity and delicacy. 

“I love designing and creating jewelry with all my heart.  Jewelry gives the final touch to a woman’s inner beauty.  All women are like flowers, we just need to add the right elements to shine.”

18K Yellow Gold Hammered Heart Bangle Bracelet
2015 Jewelry Trend AlertFrom her amazing Oyster Ring to her Heart Bangle, yellow gold is a solid part of Landinez’ jewelry collections; and yellow gold, of course, is one the year’s top trends.
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