The Story of a Stingray



From Sea to StoreGrowing up in St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands, designer Nicholas Varney swam with the stingrays, getting “right on top of them,” as he recalls. But the $75,000 sea-inspired brooch is no mere homage to Varney’s childhood scuba-diving days. “I didn’t care about it being a stingray at all,” he says. “In fact, I have the antithesis of the affinity for anything representational.” Quite simply, he explains, “the shape of the stingray lent itself toward the shape of the pearl.” Varney estimates that the piece, which incorporates elements from spots all around the globe (think Australia, Africa), took more than four months to complete. “You have to do it over and over and over. On organic forms, it’s all about balance—and that one, I think, has a nice balance to it.”  Precious Gems Varney uses a small selection of colored stones
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