Sarah Gregori has always been creative-minded (she’s tried her hand at painting, drawing, ceramics, and photography), so it wasn’t a big stretch when she decided to start making jewelry. Gregori sold her first designs during college, but it wasn’t until she settled in Colorado in 2006, post-graduation, that she formally launched Bellissima Jewelry Design.
Gregori’s pieces combine design elements inspired by her varied interests, from cultural pursuits to historic time periods, particularly the 1920s to the 1960s. Even her materials run the gamut—semi-precious stones, vintage finds, wood beads recycled from furniture-maker scraps. Together, these components result in jewelry that strikes a bohemian-chic chord while still being wearable for the everyday (donning one of Gregori’s polished glass and painted-wood bead necklaces to the office would be totally appropriate).
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For Spring 2013, Gregori’s theme is the classic elements (water, air, fire, and earth). Each piece—particularly the new series of antique-style lockets—imparts an aquatic or earthy vibe. One of my favorite looks from this collection is the Yara necklace (pictured), which features a 14-karat, gold-fill medallion and accents of coral, amazonite, smoky quartz, white jade, and kabibe shell.
Get It: Yara necklace, $86, bellissimajewelrydesign.com