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RIA CHARISSE

As the daughter of a geologist, Ria Charisse grew up looking closely at fossils and rock formations. After years of working as a sculptor and receiving an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art, her aesthetic remains centered on the organic and the precious.

In 2000, she created her jewelry line, casting from nature and crafting delicate, vine-like necklaces from precious stones.

She says, "I begin with twigs, leaves, buds and seeds - things gathered during walks through trees. I am curious about the unexpected: iridescence, fragility, decayI am grafting together precious materials and organic forms in an attempt to tell a story about seductive impermanence.

These weighty sculptures are a testament to her craft - rich in detail but quirky too.

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