Monday, February 14, 2011


The month of February is the perfect time to take a guided tour of Argentina’s second largest national park, the Los Glaciares National Park.

With a surface area punctuated by beautiful lakes and mountains the region is a haven for tourists eager to explore it. Argentina is also the birthplace of featured jewelry designer Rodrigo Otazu.

While jewelry designers often view their surroundings with a perceptive eye noticing the mundane in ways the average person does not; in other ways they are very much the average person.

Otazu, like most people, adores his mother; enjoys getting up-to-the-minute info online; loves eating frozen yogurt while watching a good movie; and he, of course, tweets.

The former Calvin Klein model is self-taught and his bold designer jewelry of copper, gold and silver tones, accented with a dramatic assortment of Swarovski Crystals, packs so much flair.  A number of items, including A Sea of Pearls Necklace; the Cream Pearl Cuff Bracelet; and the Classic Mix Chandelier Earrings were each featured in the 2010 feature Sex and the City 2 as worn by actors Sarah Jessica Parker, Kristin Davis and Kim Cattrall respectively.

Otazu’s chunky, statement making aesthetic has the glamorous allure of fine jewelry where everything from music and travel to architecture and fashion inform his stunning creations.

“For me a design is about a feeling inside, a sensation I want to share. I have a natural understanding about how women want to look when selecting the right piece of jewelry,” he says.

“I understand the dramatic yet elegant style of the Parisian woman, the edgy and experimental girls of London, and the classic style of American women. My jewelry reflects and enhances the natural style and personality of different women.”

There is an alternate sense of worldly sophisticate, and funky casual with crystal earrings that feature Colorado Topaz Swarovski Crystals, multi-chain necklaces, leather bracelets, medallion-like pendant necklaces, and chunky charm bracelets.

Based in Amsterdam, Otazu’s eclectic range of costume jewelry has been the choice of professional stylists with clients that include Kylie Minogue, Kelis, Lauryn Hill, and Aretha Franklin.

To me, Otazu’s fabulous jewelry embodies the glitz and excitement of any metropolis from Paris to New York and Dubai to Milan.

Be sure to watch Otazu’s personal compilation video below that offers glimpses of his flagship store, and at work preparing elaborate pieces for fashion photo shoots one of such features actor Lucy Liu!

Photo 1 (top right): Gold-tone Sea of Pearls Necklace with Swarovski Crystals
Photo 2 (center): Cream and Pearl Cuff Bracelet
Photo 3 (bottom left): Multi-Hoop Crystal Earrings
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