Rosario Merola

Rosario Merola
Born 1969 BirthItaly.
Lives and works in HomeNew York, USA.

Growing up in Sicily, I was constantly struck by the rich colors and forms surrounding me. Now, these colors and forms mold themselves into my work, creating modern designs out of classical ideas.
When I create a piece of jewelry, I like to think that every time it is worn will be like the first time. I enjoy making jewelry from unexpected combinations of precious and non-precious materials in forms that go far beyond traditional jewelry. I design shapes that are linear and geometric, but soft enough to wrap around the body like a second skin.
In 2005, I became a member of the Associazione Gioiello Contemporaneo (AGC). AGC is an organization active in Italy with the aim of promoting and giving value to jewelry as a form of art.
My work incorporates high-karat gold, silver, wood, aluminum, plexiglass and stainless steel with gemstone beads, because I love the contrast this creates in my design. I recently moved to New York where I have my own studio.