words/images Judith Ecochard
KARA ROSS makes gorgeous, distinctive and important pieces of jewelry designed to be worn, not hidden away in some vault. And by that we mean even the higher priced Kara Ross collection--and the immensely popular and value priced (IMO) boutique-Kara by Kara Ross collection.
|Cuffs-made of lizard, eye-catching stones and solid hardware|
The gracious press preview, in the elegant Columbus Circle towers---had a Central Park view that had jaws ajar almost as much as the collection of baubles and exotic skin carry-alls that we all previewed.
|Mother of Pearl glows -with pave sapphire...and 18k gold overlay sterling silver|
|Lapis and turquoise|
What we love-okay besides everything-is Ross's inventive use (and we add sourcing, clearly) of semi-precious materials (deep blue lapis, dark black onyx quartz, tiger's eye, the warm orange-red carnelian, mysterious amethyst, turquoise, rock crystal, multi-colored labradorite or topaz, sparkling citrine, etc)-and then her ability to magically conjure up-design wise, modern, wearable pieces-often geometric in shape- that we feel, are as wonderfully rendered as the ultra precious, signature pieces that weigh down (read- can look dated if not inappropriate) on all those Red Carpet ball gown ensembles.
New are the equally transporting pieces of jewelry-in bold deep colors-that were inspired by a recent jaunt to Morocco...with the scarab shape appearing throughout.
The scarab beetle -rendered in jewelry form-was worn by ancient Eygptian royalty as a symbol of wealth and power.
|our latest obsession-|
Additionally-there were "light" pieces-with an airy feel-like this fun bib shaped necklace...
KARA ROSS handbags are statement bags without the "see me" logos...and bling-though we consider these bags show-stoppers in their own right...with clasps/closures that deftly reference back to the jewelry collection.
|This Trinity shape is particular popular-with closures as beautiful as a piece of KR's jewelry|
|smooth rich leathers---posh|
|interiors-with loads of compartments...|
The prices of these keepers (bags/jewelry)-vary depending on the materials---but there is quite the range...from mid 100's- plus (on average).