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Designer Arielle De Pinto discovers how metals really can be precious. By Micki Bloom
arielledepinto_objectlesson"I was exploring materials at that time, seeing what could be done with them," explains jewelry designer Arielle De Pinto, describing the beginnings of her collection of hand-crocheted precious metal necklaces. "I found this crappy unsoldered aluminum chain at a trimmings store and was desperately trying to integrate it into my work. I was also obsessively knitting and crocheting. It was almost inevitable that the two would come together."
And come together they did, in a decidedly un-crappy collection of intricate entanglements woven with sterling silver and vermeil metal—materials De Pinto describes as "elemental." Favorites from the collection include the Inlay Collar, a piece so regal it might have been snatched from Cleopatra's personal collection, and the counfoundingly soft Victorian-esqe Ruffle. But our final vote is cast on the Long Web, a darkly seductive and asymmetrical centerpiece with the kind of rough and delicate texture that fits De Pinto's final word on her collection: "I just want to touch it!"
Long Web necklace, $290, available at No. 6, 6 Centre Market Place (between Broome and Grande streets), 212-226-5759. For more information, go to www.arielledepinto.com.
Designer Arielle De Pinto discovers how metals really can be precious.

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