One To Watch: Marcia Budet

Marcia Budet’s introduction to the world of jewelry design is quite an interesting one: She had been looking for a “double” or “two-finger” ring, and when she couldn’t find one she liked, she created it herself.

Using her architecturally inspired aesthetic, honed at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Design in Philadelphia, Pa., where she earned a masters degree in architecture and a certificate in urban design, Budet fashioned the Asymmetrics + Diamonds double ring, shown below, from yellow gold, asymmetrically shaped smoky quartz and diamonds. The piece is colossal and captivating, and surprisingly comfortable to wear, but perhaps its most unique aspect is that it conveys one message when it’s being worn and another when it’s not: “The piece is bold when worn, where the stones take the main stage and appear as if they’re floating,” Budet says. “But when the piece is not being worn, it transforms into a free-standing miniature piece of art. The metal takes control in an elegant, unexpected way.”

The piece so intrigued a colleague that she encouraged Budet to submit the ring to the international A’Design Award and Competition in Milan, Italy, where she won the 2011 Golden Award in the jewelry, eyewear and watch design category. After winning the award, Budet saw jewelry design as a business opportunity and started her own company, focusing on pieces with simple and complex elements that create a sophisticated boldness. “I enjoy making conversation pieces for women who want to be effortlessly elegant, love fashion and aren’t afraid to have a little fun with it,” she says.

Budet also encourages clients to mix and match her pieces to create their own style, building a collection over time. Her Candybar Collection, also shown below, lends itself perfectly, with cocktail rings that showcase large colored stones custom-cut into unusual angles that can be worn alone or stacked. One such piece was worn at the 2014 Met Gala in New York City. The collection also includes smaller stackable rings and earrings.

Another collection, Sculptural Jewelry, was inspired by photographs of fabric in movement during some of the most spectacular New York City Ballet performances. The pieces in the collection, with their graceful swirls gently cradling pearls, create an optical illusion that the pearls are floating in air. A pair of earrings from the collection went on to win the Bronze Award at the A’Design Award and Competition in 2012.

Budet’s other credits include in 2014 being named on of the top five emerging artists in the United States at the Coconut Grove Arts Festival in Miami, Fla., and being selected from 1,000 applicants nationwide to participate in The Workshop at Macy’s in New York City. In 2013, Budet was named one of the top 30 emerging designers in New York City by Design Entrepreneurs NYC.

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Marcia Budet was chosen as one of 10 designers in the New Designer Gallery at the 2014 Jewelers of America New York Summer Show. Since 1977, the New Designer Gallery has been the launching pad for some of today’s most prominent jewelry designers, assisting them in developing their careers while gaining recognition for their talents.
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