From a coveted studio in the CFDA Incubator, come the rough rocking metals and natural stones of Gemma Redux. The designer behind the smashing brand is Rachel Dooley, a former engineer and law student who took a short break from studying for the Bar exam to make a necklace, and never went back. Months later, her jewelry was cropping up in editorials for super major publications. Nearly each item I looked at in her webstore had the annotation, Featured in Nylon, Featured in T Magazine, Featured in Paper Magazine etc… Yesterday she dropped a film for the Spring 2012 collection that hit us close to home. So we asked her a few questions about the rocks that she’s got.
What has been your favorite stone as of late?
Bismuth crystal. We don’t technically get to work with it because it’s too brittle, but we take natural pieces of it, slice it up and refine it, cast it in brass and then plate it with PVD titanium that is hit with a laser to create the same multicolored, psychedelic feel that the natural stone has. I’m officially obsessed.
Where’s the most fascinating place you’ve found your raw materials?
Arusha, Tanzania. Rajasthan in India is a close second.
If you could accessorize 3 runway shows this coming Fashion Week, whose would they be?
Peter Som, rag & bone, Chris Benz. All totally different but would be so fun.
The collaboration with fellow CFDA incubatee Bibhu Mohapatra resulted in glorious iridescence. Gemma Redux x Bibhu Mohapatra
See some of our favorites from Gemma Redux here.