Young Italian-born jewelry designer Sarah Ysabel Dyne Narici has a unique aesthetic that was first spotted in Trieste in 2013 when she was shortlisted as a finalist at the respected International Talent Support (ITS) competition. The Central Saint Martins College of Arts & Design graduate’s vision bridges science and art with startling results: her detailed finishes and exciting contrasts in transparency and color make for category-defying pieces.
Inspired by a father who worked for NASA, Sarah’s interest lies in the link between technology and art. After completing a foundation course, she did a Bachelor of Arts in jewelry design, winning a handful of competitions while she was studying, including a collaborative Swarovski/Central Saint Martins contest in 2013 with the theme: ‘Fiction and Fantasy’. Her winning design showed inspired use of gemstones to create Crystal Cabinet, a fun and stunningly futuristic backpack with compartments containing a variety of quirky objects.
“I have a geeky obsession with categorizing and ordering,” she says. So it comes as no surprise that her singular inspiration stems from the Cabinets of Curiosity that emerged in Renaissance Europe—encyclopedic collections of objects populated by quirky artifacts, religious relics and objets d’art, as well as archaeological discoveries.
The acclaimed 2050 debut collection that caught the ITS judges’ eye in 2013 featured necklaces constructed with phial-like glass cylinders and bullets: “Someone predicted that by the year 2050, humans will leave planet earth and live in space—this became the starting point for the collection. I decided to create acrylic jewelry that encased everyday objects from our lives that could be preserved and taken into space.” Using elements to represent different social groups, she came up with a satirical take on various social types. For instance, some pieces contained kitsch stones, acrylic hair and chewing gum to evoke a particular social subculture; she also created ‘upper class’ earrings that incorporated a rare cameo and tiny diamonds.
With experience spanning a stint in the footwear and accessories department at Alexander McQueen (“If you can survive a year at McQueen, there’s little that can faze you”), Sarah’s star is clearly in the ascendant—she’s now a designer at Stephen Webster, the high-end, London-based jewelry brand. Keep your eye open for this emerging young talent’s future-focused jewelry with a dash of social commentary—word on the street is that she’s one to watch.