The master jeweler herself, Miriam Ariano!
BC: What was the first piece of jewelry you ever made? Do you still have it?
MA: The first piece I ever made was a necklace with a vintage pendant that I found in a Sunday market in Buenos Aires, Argentina. I sold it, though sometimes I wish I still had it!
BC: Where do you find your inspiration?
MA: From the streets of New York City and the rest of the world around us.
BC: Do you have any favorite artists? Who are they and why?
MA: I have so many I couldn’t begin to tell you. The talent out there is infinite.
BC: Do you have a favorite item or design? What is it and why?
MA: I love using turquoise and rubies in combination with each other. It’s rich and very Asian-looking.
BC: Have you ever created something and ended up not liking it?
MA: Yes, quite a few times! When that happens, I break them down and start a new design using the same stone.
BC: Do you have a favorite material you like to work with? What is it and why?
MA: Yes, I love working with silver. I prefer it to gold; not only is the price right, but it’s softer to work with, as well.
BC: What do your designs mean to you?
MA: They are an expression of my artistic self.
BC: If you could have any celebrity, living or dead wear your stuff, who would it be?
MA: Mira Sorvino. The work she is doing about bringing to light human trafficking not only in Darfur but right here in the USA as well is so important—I would be honored to have her wear my jewelry!
Lucia Peters is BettyConfidential’s associate editor.