Worldly artifacts and family heirlooms adorn the loft of a local jewelry designer
About the Homeowner Jewelry designer Jessica Ricci finds items in flea markets all over the world and turns them into wearable creations. Her loft is on Westminster Street on the edge of the West Side.
"To the left is a pasta maker. My maternal great grandmother brought it over on the boat from southern Italy. Somehow it survived the trip. I found it in my grandfather’s house – it was one of the few things he still had from her. In the front is a Buddha piece that was hand carved in Nepal by a local wood cutter who used a technique particular to that region. In the back right corner is a water aerator (that they use to make seltzer) from the 1920s. I found it in a flea market in Buenos Aires when I was looking for jewelry inspiration."
"Those are antique Egyptian doors I bought at Kyureo here in Providence. I had the wall built around the doors. The objects on the glass shelves are mostly glass and statues I have collected in markets I visit when I travel."
"This is a crystal chandelier I bought in New York City. It was from one of the stores on a street full of chandeliers. I don't think I have seen anything prettier than this clustering of crystal and lights. Have to love New York! Also, behind that chandelier is the magic mirror that was my grandmother's and makes everyone look beautiful."
"That couch was my grandmother's. It desperately needs a facelift, but it reminds me of her so I have dragged my feet on it. The pillow cases are from a Chelsea flea market in New York City I bought more than 10 years ago. They have followed me somehow."