Camille Torres is one of the resident jewelers at 4th Street Fine Art. She has been with the gallery for about two years, showcasing her nature inspired work, which re-imagines the the geometric forms found in monarch butterfly wings and the simple beauty of celestial skyscapes. However, Camille is ready to turn a new leaf.
When Camille bought her home in San Pablo, she was immediately enchanted by the many stories the previous owner, Brenda, shared about growing up in the house and her fond memories of living there with her mother. At one point Brenda brought out a small treasure chest of gemstones, which her mother had procured but never had a use for. Camille was deeply honored that these gems were offered to her and she purchased them without a second thought.
It took four years to find the inspiration to use these gemstones. "They were just so special. I wanted to create something that felt right," Camille explains. She kept the chest in plain sight where the contents constantly called to her, but she just couldn't bring herself to make anything with them. The idea finally came to her one spring morning while she was looking out at the many colors of her blooming garden.
Gems in Bloom is her latest project. An amalgamation of stackable rings fashioned after the flora and fauna found in her backyard landscape. "I've wanted to tackle a project with stackable rings for awhile, but I've been looking for an angle that I haven't seen before. The little spots of color in these gems remind me of the bursts of color confetti that you see when spring is in bloom. For good measure I have designed some gem-studded insects as well."
This is a young project, only a couple weeks in the making, but stay tuned to Instagram to see the new pieces as they make their way to the shelves.
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