SARAH RICHEY JEWELRY is the New York jewellery label to know. Established in 2010, artist-come-designer, Richey produces jewellery that is universally loved, including by the likes of Taylor Swift, Faith Hill and Kelly Clarkson.
Known for her beautiful designs, she combines the refined with the natural, to produce enviable statement pieces. Using the finest materials including, crystals, fossils and precious gemstones, Richey hand makes pieces that are set to become treasured heirlooms.
What is your first memory of jewellery?
My first memory of jewelry was when I was 6 years old, playing dress up in my moms closet. I’d pick up all of her big chunky cocktail rings and put them on each finger. I was mesmerized by them! My inner goddess was definitely coming out then.
Tell us about your brand (how when why it started)…
I have always loved art since I was a child. I studied some art history in college and dabbled in painting and ceramics. My calling for jewelry design came when I worked as an intern for a jewelry designer in Nashville, TN. At night after working for her during the day, she let me create anything my heart desired in her studio. During that time I was able to tap into my own artistic side. I started working with lost-wax, metal, solder tools and was hooked! I loved the idea of being able to sculpt anything I wanted. After working with her and some money saved up, I decided to take the move to NYC and start my own jewelry business. That’s when the real learning began and it was the best decision I made!
Sum up your design aesthetic…
I keep my creative fire going by practicing Kundalini yoga and traveling to unique places around the world. As an artist, I most relate to the movement of expressionism. I seek to express an emotional experience through symbolism that is felt in a spiritual way. I meditate before creating my designs and allow myself to be used as a creative vessel. My inspiration comes from nature and the mystery behind the veil of life. This is a feeling I try to capture with my designs. I love to make jewelry that carries an energy of inner-strength and contains the power from the design or the stones I set into them. I deeply believe in the power of intention and how its vibration can be felt and affect the world. My plan is to spread the message of light in everything I do.
Which are your favorite materials to work with and why?
I love to work with lost wax. This technique allows me to sculpt each piece, giving it many unique attributes unlike the average piece of store-bought jewelry.
Do you have a favourite piece?
Each piece has its own story it to. The one piece I find I wear the most is my 18k yellow gold snake ring and the eagle vesica Pisces ring. They symbolize balance and courage. I also love how they both look like you just found em in a rustic old treasure chest from a pirate ship.
Who is your customer?
I feel women who wear my jewelry have a strong sense of self and portray that in their style. A woman who has a penchant for art, travel and the spirit of life. People that are drawn to my line are lovers and collectors of jewelry, who connect emotionally to the pieces they buy.
What has been your career highlight to date?
Traveling and living in Bali last year. I collaborated with other artists on a few projects I was working on over there and allowed myself to dive deeper into my craft.
Is there anyone you’d absolutely love to dress?
Daphne Guinness and Michèle Lamy.
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Words By Felicity Wiliams