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Jewelry and accessories designer Kara Ross has always been inspired by her travels. In fact, it was a family vacation as a young girl of thirteen that sparked her interest in jewelry. She was on an African safari and chose a tourmaline stone to bring home as a souvenir. Soon after, a visit to Jeweler's Row in Philadelphia prompted Ross to use the stone to design a square-cut ring made out of 18 karat gold and diamonds. Even then Ross had sophisticated tastes.
Last summer Ross went to India and she couldn't help but incorporate the vibrant colors and sights she experienced into her resort collection. The color palette for the season had pops of pink, orange, and blue—think of the wild array of saris you'd find in the market. As for materials, Ross utilized drusy and sliced agate in her jewelry and natural python and ring lizard for her accessories.
The raw sliced stones and the elephant rings were, no doubt, a reflection of her surroundings. Other highlights include envelope clutches in various skins and modernist rings, cuffs, and necklaces with diamonds and onyx. Resort will begin to arrive in stores this September.
· Kara Ross [Official Site]