Lauren Reidenberg’s jewelry first caught my attention when I passed the Viracocha Antique Store on Valencia road – her creations were displayed inside. I was intrigued to find out more so I found her studio to ask her a few questions.
How did you become interested in designing your own jewelry?
Yes, I think it says a lot about someone. It can be a symbol of confidence or something subtler. It depends on the material you use and how the person chooses to wear it. Mixing and combining outfits with earrings and necklaces can also make a huge impact.
I think you can tell a lot about a woman by the style of her jewelry. How people see themselves is important and jewelry can be used as a way to present certain personalities to the world.
Do you have a favourite jewelry designer?
I love Alexis Bittar’s line of lucite jewelry. Lucite is a form of plastic that became very popular in the 1950s. His work is unique because he carves the Lucite as if it was stone. He transforms a material that was considered worthless into fine jewelry, and that’s very special.
Artists who execute their work with clean lines and simplicity inspire me. I particularly relate to sculpture, in that it has dimension and is similar to jewelry. Traveling is also something that is culturally and aesthetically stimulating. Many artists are inspired by nature, and for me it feels like I am taking something from nature and turning it into something that people can wear.
You use so many different types of stone for your jewelry – which one is your favourite?
I really like geodes. The natural growth pattern inside the stone is really beautiful. The only way to tell what’s inside the stone is to break it open – that’s what I like about it, the surprise of not knowing what’s inside. Most contain some variety of quartz, including clear quartz, rose quartz, amethyst, jasper, agate, chalcedony, calcite, Celestine, pyrite and so on. These stones all have different colors, textures, and patterns, so each is exciting to work with because they are all so different.