Where do you find inspiration for your collection?
For this first collection, New York City was my inspiration. . Since moving here in 2002, I have been awe-struck by the architecture and bold lines of the city skyline. I wanted this collection to reflect a sleek and modern, yet classic feel.
Describe your design process.
I try not to over complicate it and have fun during the process. I start with some rough sketches and quickly move to the work bench as so much of it happens organically, changing and adjusting the design along the way. It's usually just me, a sketchpad, my tools, music and sometimes an audio book. Anyone know any good ones?
What cut of diamond is your favorite and why?
Emerald cut for its clean lines and simplicity.
Describe the process of working on a Bespoke design for a client.
There is usually a good amount of back and forth before committing to a design. We start with a meeting or discussion and then I work on a few hand painted renderings. I like my clients to be involved during the process, so after the design is chosen I will then bring them back in to see the wax model or else send them photos along the way. The experience is ultimately about them, so I try my best to capture one's personality and style in that one special piece. Any design flourishes that represents who I am as a designer and comes about organically during the process.
What period of jewelry is your favorite?
Art Nouveau. Even though this first collection is less ornate, I love the romantic feel of the Art Nouveau period and appreciate the intricacy of the designs layers in the jewelry arts during that time. Hand engraving patterns, enamel work and carved stones are a few examples.
Explain the benefits of a hand made piece of jewelry versus something that is mass produced.
Sky's the limit in designing hand-crafted pieces of jewelry! You are not as confined by the assembly process or always trying to hit a very specific price point. Generally hand-made pieces reflect a higher level of craftsmanship distinguished by a sharper look and more character.
What is your favorite part of being a jewelry designer/ jeweler?
I am in love with the whole process, from stone hunting to design to manufacturing! I made my first piece of jewelry when I was 15 years old and have been hooked ever since. I feel blessed to be able to have made a career working with my own two hands to create a tangible reflection of hard work and imagination. I am flattered beyond words when someone feels strongly enough about one of my pieces to purchase it and to see the joy it brings to their face makes me so happy.
What is next for Rachael SARC?
My first collection reflects my modern classic style. Now that I have finished this, I am working on a collection of one-of-a-kind pieces using stones I have been collecting over the years. It is less about conceptualizing a central look and more about having the freedom to let the stones inspire me. I can't wait to unveil the collection in its entirety and as I get closer to finishing it one piece at a time!
I am so pleased to share Rachael SARC jewelry with my readers; her pieces are truly extraordinary. It isn't everyday that a jewelry designer is also the jeweler sitting at the bench bringing the designs to life. The photos below show a wide range of what Rachael SARC has to offer, whether it is a beautiful necklace from her first collection, a bespoke pair of earrings, a custom engagement ring, or jewelry restoration, Rachael SARC can definitely do it all!