THE CHARMED LIFE OF JEWELRY DESIGNER SOFIA RAMSAY

She designs for the likes of Steve Madden, Macy's, and various other private labels, but it's her own eponymous line where Brooklyn-based jewelry designer Sofia Ramsay's unique aesthetic shines through. Graduating from the Pratt Institute in 2010, she strives to push the boundaries of conventional taste through the magic of metal. SofiaRamsay.com

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What are you listening to right now? I always watch for new mixes that my friends post on SoundCloud. Most of them are DJ's or dance music enthusiasts, they are the experts and constantly share fresh material from all over the world. Here's a mix that Willie Burns did for an Australian clothing and lifestyle brand called PAM. If I'm not listening to dance music it's 90's hip hop and R&B like Monica, Mary J. Blige, Salt-n-Pepa or D'Angelo.

What’s one piece of jewelry you never leave home without? The actual piece has changed over time, but I have never once left home without earrings. When I was growing up, it was a pair of pearls. My sisters and I have all had our ears pierced since we were three months old, so jewelry has always been a part of our lives. Pearls were the traditional choice for little girls, and I wore mine through adolescence. Later, when I became a jeweler, I wasn't interested in working with pearls or stones really. I was more drawn to metal in my work, and in learning about all its possibilities my personal style began to evolve. Now I rotate through my line of Flat and 3D Studs, and never leave the house without some mismatched combination of those pieces. Right now I am wearing the Flat Line, Flat Triangle, and 3D Semicircle Studs in silver. I feel a gold phase coming on soon though.

If you had to choose, would it be gold or silver? Silver to me represents the dozen bangles and thick rings my mother has always worn, and the hoops she let us try when we got older. I would always collect silver rings from our little shore town jewelry shop. I remember visiting each summer and the store attendants patiently pulling out tray after tray so I could find the perfect one. So there's a formative history there for me with silver jewelry. But working at my bench, I'd have to say gold. It's like butter to polish and solder, it's so strong and responsive. Lately I've been mixing silver and gold in stacking rings and other new pieces. Ah, can't I have both?

What’s one thing people would never guess about you? My grandfather is in the Basketball Hall of Fame. Dr. Jack Ramsay coached a championship team in the 70's, had a long, illustrious career in the NBA, and was a respected figurehead in the world of sports and personal fitness. He accomplished so much in his life and was an incredible grandfather to his big family.

“Priceless” to you means... Something that brings you real joy, and that you never part with. It could be a memory or a dress or a recipe, you always find a place to keep it.

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