I’ve been lucky enough to meet designers who are talented, love what they do and are also very nice people. Traits that are rarely grouped together in this industry. Yet, when you come across someone who has them all, you cant help but remember, even if he or she is not in your life everyday. Jewelry designer, Marina Pecoraro, fits the profile.
I meet her briefly over a year ago, and somehow our discussion of her jewelry turned into us comparing life experiences. All the time, my eyes were focused on a necklace she had on.
Her outstanding piece in question: her cubes necklace made out of Pyrite.
A year passed since that first and only encounter, until last month when I ran into Marina again! This time I wanted to know more, making the second encounter much more rewarding than the first. Here is Marina’s interview for RomeoStyle.com
Name: Marina Pecoraro
Stomping Ground: Upper East Side
Most beloved possession: Giorgie my Shih Tzu Puppy
Fashion Idol: Audrey Hepburn
Q & A
What’s your earliest memory of fashion?
Dressing up in my mom’s clothes and high heels. The 1970 style clothes together with my sister when we were 5 or 6 years old. I love those pieces so much, I still have some of them in my closet.
Where and what did you study in college?
I studied literature, middle eastern studies and languages at Tbilisi Institute of Asia and Africa then at the University of Georgia, so jewelry designing is something I taught myself.
Why jewelry instead of fashion design?
I can’t draw or paint, and I love gems and metal much more than fabrics, so I transfer my ideas and dreams not on a mannequin, paper or canvas, but into my jewelry pieces. It’s an amazing experience, I am very happy when creating jewelry.
When you’re designing who are you doing it for? The type of woman you see wearing your jewelry.
I work on combining gems, metals, and different colors. It’s never meant to be for one particular type of woman, it’s for any woman. Each person who wears my piece makes it her own and it is amazing to see how one piece can look so unique on each woman,like I designed it specifically for her.
If you had the opportunity to collaborate with a designer, who would it be and why?