Wednesday, March 16, 2011


Located within the central Coast of California is the rugged terrain of Big Sur. The micro-climate locale houses giant redwoods alongside cacti and wild orchids. California is also home to featured jewelry designer Robindira Unsworth.

In her studio tucked away in California’s beautiful Sonoma County, Unsworth prepares her gorgeous jewelry designs fusing the everyday with the exotic.

Established in 2001, the Robindira Unsworth brand is characterized by stunning fine jewelry and fashion jewelry lines (the latter known as the Signature Collection) cultivated from 18-karat gold, sterling silver, and 22-karat gold vermeil.

There are a variety of necklaces that include oxidized sterling silver chains accentuated by a single, glowing gemstone; hammered gold vermeil discs encrusted with moonstone cabochons; sleek, diamond studded bangle bracelets; lovely gemstone stackable rings; and striking contrasts like glowing 18-karat gold Etruscan blossoms paired with blackened sterling silver of her Flora Bib Necklace.

Unsworth loves incorporating textured metals and luminous faceted gemstones into her atmospheric yet classic designs. Combining different metals and layering different chain lengths and charms is central to her aesthetic. The majesty of the Taj Mahal and the “grand Kasbahs” of Morocco are among the sources that inspire Unsworth’s delicate high-end and affordable jewelry collections.

“Each component of the designs is hand crafted by our artisans. We have a deep appreciation for exotic cultures in Asia, North Africa, and the Middle East,” she says. “As the Creative Director, I am responsible for the conception and design of all product lines.

My days usually involve a whirlwind of activity with examining and re-interpreting trends to product development. We think of each piece as a precious gift with purpose—to adorn and inspire the wearer to feel their best and live well.”

For more on the Robindira Unsworth brand be sure to watch In Wine Country’s 2008 video feature on its prolific designer.
Photo 1 (top right): 22-Karat Gold Vermeil Casablanca Necklace with Cognac and Smoky Quartz from Signature CollectionPhoto 2 (center): 22-Karat Gold Vermeil Wisteria Bangle Bracelet with Pink Quartz and Carnelian from Signature Collection
Photo 3 (bottom left): 22-Karat Gold Vermeil Eternity Hoop Earrings from Signature Collection
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