For over ten years, Sarah Perlis has been designing jewelry from her downtown New York City studio. Her mission is to share her passion for life and extend a sense of joy through her work: “I want people to enjoy wearing my jewelry as much as I enjoy creating it,” says Sarah.
Sarah has always been drawn to the creative side of life. At the encouragement of a family friend, who was an established jeweler herself, she studied design at the Jewelry Arts Institute. Her pieces are inspired by the everyday cultural and environmental influences she experienced growing up in New York. “I want my work to be worn no matter what: hiking in the mountains, riding the subway, or dressing up. I see my pieces as being timeless, from beautiful gold bangles worn by my two year old nieces to the diamond pendant worn by their grandmother.”
Sarah loves playing with notions of art through nature. Her designs incorporate a variety of organic elements, including leaves, discs and circles. Each piece of Sarah’s jewelry is handmade and features 18k and 22k gold, fine silver and organic gemstones. She has always melted her own gold and milled it out to sheet and wire, inspired by the process of creating beautiful and functional pieces from the raw material.
In the Rough
Her newest collection, ”In the Rough,” incorporates 22k recycled gold and alluvial responsibly mined diamonds, which are panned, not mined, from Sierra Leone. Mining traditionally uses cyanide, one of the most highly toxic chemicals, to draw out the metals, which is extremely harmful to the environment, the surrounding communities, and the workers in the mine.
The rough uncut diamonds are resourced through a company that focuses on environmental responsibility and ethical working conditions:
-reinvests part of the profits back into the community, through building roads, bridges, funding schools, hospitals, etc.
-unionized workforces, paying a living wage
-rehabilitating land into productive farming
Sarah’s jewelry has been featured in numerous magazines including W Jewelry, Lucky, and Instyle, and can be seen on celebrities such as Mandy Moore, Keira Knightly, Sheryl Crow, Keri Russell, and Demi Moore.