Thursday, February 11, 2010


Today we are in Santo Domingo of the Dominican Republic where we take a scenic drive to the beautiful beach of Juan Dolio.

As we enjoy the cuisine in a local restaurant, we ponder which water-oriented activity to take part first. The Dominican Republic is also home to featured jewelry designer Purissa Veras.

Young and ambitious, Veras steadily and carefully carved out a niche in the Dominican fashion industry.

A graduate of Italy's Marangoni Institute with degrees in fashion and graphic design, she also maintains an in-depth knowledge of jewelry from studies at Altos de Chavón School of Design plus training in business and marketing acquired in Spain.

Upon completing her global education, Veras returned to her home in Santo Domingo quickly seeking networking opportunities with other Dominicans making a name for themselves in the industry.

Collaborations with such local designers as former beauty queen, Jenny Polanco, and By Endora & Trapitos de Sofia continued to expand Veras foundation. It would only be a matter of time before she branched out on her own and established her company Purissa's Jewelry Designs.

Vera infuses the Caribbean's wonderful ambiance in her creations. I can almost smell the ocean and feel the warm sand beneath my feet.

She celebrates forms in nature, color, as well as the components of her designs that include green jade, yellow quartz, mother of pearl, cobalt Murano crystal, and cinnabar wood.

The jewelry is a lovely, sensual interplay between understated designs and soothing colors of nature. In addition to her ready-made items, Veras also creates custom pieces for baptisms, engagements, and weddings.
Photo 1 (top right): Blue and Yellow Quartz Bracelet with Sterling Silver Base
Photo 2 (bottom left): Blue Wire with Espiral and Blue Murano Glass Earrings
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