“I want my jewelry to inspire courage, beauty, and joy in the women who wear it.”
An award winning jeweler, Thea has been designing and creating her signature jewelry for more than 25 years. Thea is a graduate of Rhode Island School of Design (BFA 1991) and in addition to creating her own signature collection she has also designed jewelry for well known brands including Isaac Mizrahi and Swarovski.
Early in her career, Thea was awarded the prestigious Fulbright Grant to explore the Divine Feminine in Painting and Sculpture in Florence, Italy. The artistic expression of the essence of a woman’s strength, wisdom and nurturing qualities is a concept that continues to influence Thea’s design sense to this day. During her time in Italy Thea also assisted instructors and studied traditional jewelry making techniques at the Art Studio Fuji.
Her love of natural geometry shines in her Luna Collection. The clean lines are influenced by Thea’s Italian heritage and her love of uncluttered adornment. In 2005 she won first place in the Saul Bell Award silver category for her Lotus Pearl Brooch.
Dance and music are a big part of Thea’s life outside her studio. You can feel her sense of rhythm come through in her work especially in her statement necklaces.
Many of her signature designs are hand made using Sterling Silver that is fused with a layer of 22K Gold, adding a luminous glow from interior spaces, which you will appreciate as the piece moves and catches the light when you wear it.
Born in Boston Massachusetts, Thea and her son now call Rhode Island home, where she works in her studio located in Hope Artiste Village. To see Thea’s work in person see the list of galleries and upcoming Events.
My creative process is a combination of instinct, discovery and letting ideas evolve and come to fruition as I work. The act of creating jewelry in itself is often where new ideas are born. I am drawn to geometric forms that are balanced and still retain a feeling of joy. I like to make bold, sculptural designs while paying attention to wearability, contrasts in color and the play between positive and negative space.
While I was a RISD student, I participated in EHP, a study abroad program in Italy. I was ignited by Rome’s rich architectural history and discovered my love of ancient, classical and modern sculpture. These became sources of inspiration that later found an outlet in the smaller more accessible format of jewelry. The work of modernist sculptors such as Brancusi and Noguchi and the Italian jewelry artist Giampaolo Babetto inspire me to distill each form to its essential geometry.
A few years later, I returned to Italy as a Fulbright Scholar. I studied classical sculptures and paintings and how they represent the various roles of women. I was so moved by Piero della Francesca’s Madonna del Parto that I wrote a song about her. My studies of the Divine Feminine resonated within me and continue to influence my work to this day.
My intent is that when women wear my jewelry, they will tap into the Divine Feminine within them and feel their inner strength and outward beauty.
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