Friday, July 17, 2009


Winged Angels Ear Cuff and Stud Earring
with Vintage Swarovski Crystals
Today we are in Sydney, Australia's largest botanical garden, The Royal Botanic Gardens.

Not only is there spectacular flora to behold, but some areas of the gardens hold fantastic views of Sydney's harbor and opera house.

We are bound to see some native wildlife as well including cockatiels, galahs, and sulphur crested cockatoos.

Australia is also the birthplace of featured jewelry designer Sarina Suriano.

Suriano's design approach clearly reveals the duality living within the designer: a light, ethereal quality, and a bold, uninhibited side.

Her creations are without a doubt beautiful and feminine, yet many are extravagant and dramatic.

Suriano's acute interests in all manner of designing from fashion to architecture led her to study industrial design at Sydney's University of Technology.

Upon earning her degree, she moved to Milan, Italy and over a number of years designed products for an eclectic list of clients including Swatch, Alessi, Olivetti, Fisher Price, and Mattel. Over time, Suriano wanted to explore other inclinations, and moved to London where she developed her first designer jewelry collection.

Recognizing that Suriano shared a similar design aesthetic, London jewelers Karen Erickson and Vicki Beamon, of Erickson Beamon, immediately employed Suriano to design for their company. Three years later, in 2001, Suriano returned to Sydney and officially launched her label, Sarina Suriano.
Moonrise Dark Grey Pearl Ring
As part of her jewelry collections, Suriano creates provocative jewelry couture reminiscent of the costumes worn by Josephine Baker during her heyday.

The couture items, made with vibrantly colored beads, and semi-precious gemstones, possess the same unbridled sensuality as the costumes designed for Baker.

Suriano's avant-garde style has delighted many in the industry and she is the first jewelry designer to appear at Australian Fashion Week.

Her elaborate, handmade jewelry designs, jewelry couture, and headpieces have been featured in the pages of InStyle, Oyster, Culture Magazine, Good Living, Vogue, and Harper's Bazaar.
Alba Crystal Cluster Necklace with Swarovski Crystals

Currently living in London, Suriano also works as a freelance consultant, and designs for several companies in Europe.
Photo 1 (top right): Model Wears Jewelry Couture from the Oasis Collection
Photo 2 (bottom left): Model Wears items from In the Mood for Love Collection
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