I met Jewelry Designer Sarella Suarez at the Union Square Holiday Market two years ago, and I have loved her work ever since. Her designs are inspired by forms and shapes in nature, as you will see from the images on her website of stylized flowers and petals, as well as gemstones and minerals. I recently ran into her at the Chelsea Triangle French Market, which has started to feature craft artisans in addition to the tasty food vendors.
This Tentacle Ring pictured tickled my fancy, as I always love an octopus or squid. It is cast in silver with a nice heft to it, combined with fine detailing of each individual sucker. It feels good on your finger, and it’s guaranteed to inspire many conversations. I also appreciate the subtle Steampunk / Jules Verne qualities of this ring.
It has been fascinating to watch Sarella’s collections evolve. She has a line of silver bracelets with a lovely organic feel, featuring a wide variety of stones, such as druzy, quartz, volcanic rock and more.
Interestingly, I went out for a walk at lunch today after drafting this posting, and I found this tray of calamari salad at Agata & Valentina, the sweet new gourmet store on University Place. Look familiar?