What inspired me...

Taking time to "zoom out"...

Taking time to "zoom out"...

As I change and adapt in my life, I do so in my jewelry as well... Recently I've been going through changes and thinking a lot about new ideas and, therefore, of old ones too. Every so often I love to look through my past sketchbooks to see if any old ideas are resonating with what I'm currently thinking and feeling. It's so helpful to "zoom out" and take time to look at how my jewelry and ideas have evolved over time so I can get a better understanding of what I want out of my work and where to go moving forward. This, of course, can also lead to major reminiscing, lots of time wasted in my photo app and probably will lead to a bunch of #fbf's and #tbt's too...

I've been making jewelry consistently since college, but the Signet Collection I launched on my current website is the first cohesive group I made in the fine jewelry realm and was all inspired by where I was in my life then, which happened to be San Francisco, CA. 

Designing and working at my desk space in my studio apartment in SF, CA

Designing and working at my desk space in my studio apartment in SF, CA

Although there are plenty of inspiring things in San Francisco, it was actually what was not there that inspired my first fine jewelry collection... or rather WHO was not there. At the time I was working at a jewelry store surrounded by so many beautiful handmade collections completely unique from one another. At work I was busy connecting customers with the jewelry that really resonated with them or even helping them design something completely custom. I've always been a sentimental person but here, being so far from everyone close to me, I started thinking much more about the preciousness of jewelry and the nostalgia wrapped up in it. I became especially interested in the simplicity and satisfying functionality of signet rings; they are beautiful, historical, personal and straightforward. They can be customized to their wearer but are still so meaningful to others when passed on. When purchased as a vintage item they take on new meaning to the wearer while carrying a past life along with it. I wanted to make a collection inspired by this idea and by the friends and family who I was close with but physically so far from.

Sketching and planning at my desk with a "view"

Sketching and planning at my desk with a "view"

A mock-up for a stackable signet ring

A mock-up for a stackable signet ring

The names of each design were inspired by family and friends I was missing

The names of each design were inspired by family and friends I was missing

Playing with carved shapes

Playing with carved shapes

Since signet rings were what originally drew me in, I knew I wanted to create stackable signet-inspired rings. Each design, named after family and friends, has its own shape and personality. I wanted them to fit together easily, making it fun to collect multiple rings over time as you customize your stack. I tried making some samples and seeing all the designs unified as a single stack felt good. It was comforting to think of these rings representing people I love linked together across a distance.

The first time seeing these designs in metal!

The first time seeing these designs in metal!

Stacks in yellow gold, rose gold and silver

Stacks in yellow gold, rose gold and silver

Part of the first finished group from the collection!

Part of the first finished group from the collection!

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These original designs have led to much more beyond the initial signet ring and I still have fun using them in new ways. As I start to create new work I see how these designs and their creation were and are still a huge part of my process and how they fit into my body of work as a whole.

Maricha Genovese