I always love discovering new finds in fashion and jewelry, so when I stumbled upon Variance Objects, created by Nicole Rimedio of Santa Cruz, Calif., I was intrigued. Her hand-cut stone rings and necklaces are original and timeless in their aesthetic, and for locals to Santa Cruz, they are sold at Cameron Marks, a boutique on the Westside. Learn more about Rimedio's work:
What are you inspired by?
Stones, natural forms and processes. I recently learned that jade comes from ancient dying oceans, and rubies are formed when mountains are made. When you look closely you can see these processes in gemstones. That texture and detail is one of the main things I love about rough stones, and it is what I try to capture and highlight in my work. Also, I love and am inspired by antique jewelry. I guess you can say I am inspired by rediscovery and redefining what is considered fine jewelry.
How did you come to make jewelry?
I made jewelry as a kid and I had a small jewelry business selling on the streets of New York after college, but I never thought jewelry could be my profession. I went to college for architecture and graduate school for landscape architecture but the field wasn't the right fit. I was an artist trying to be a "creative professional" and I was truly miserable. Then one morning I saw how I could make a necklace different, and how I could cut stones differently. I started making jewelry again on that day and haven't stopped since. I think the first step was just deciding to change my course. Once I sincerely made that decision and came back to myself, everything started to flow.
How did you come up with the name, Variance Objects?
It was from a brainstorming session with my husband. We were looking for a word that highlighted the multi-functionality of the pieces and we were thinking of words like "variation."
How would you describe your personal style?
Eccentric and comfy. Even as a teen, I was wearing my mother's dresses from the 60s and 70s. That trend has continued throughout my life. I wear a lot of long skirts, layered sweaters, and sandals or slouchy boots. Part of it is about staying warm in my studio, but part of it is just my style. I've always loved drapey clothes and unusual silhouettes. I think that works well in Santa Cruz. Even when I'm getting dressed up I'll always chose some weird asymmetrical dress over a pretty party dress.
What fashion designer (or beauty brand) are you eyeing right now?
Maison Martin Margiela x Converse line of shoes. This is also an effect of Santa Cruz on my style. These are special sneakers, though. They come in various colors but are coated in white, so that when they are worn white chips away and the color shows. The color is a mystery and the way that the white will chip away depends on the wearer. I also love garments that show their wear in unusual ways, and challenge the idea that things are at their best when they are new.
What’s your favorite skin care item?
I love products from Green Valley Labs, especially the sand exfoliant.
Lip gloss or lip balm?
Heels or flats?
I love beautiful heels, but these days I almost always wear flats.