Cuban-American designer Deborah Pagani shares with us the details of her most recent collection titled Americana.
How did you decide to dedicate yourself to jewelry?
It had been a dream since childhood. I worked in the beauty industry for over ten years and decided it was time to explore my creative side. I started designing jewelry as a separate project and my clients saw the pieces and started buying them. When I found out I was pregnant with a girl, I gathered the strength and courage to start my own business. I wanted to teach you that anything is possible if you follow your dreams.
How is your creative process?
My designs start with a muse, usually women before my time. When I design I try to imagine what it would take today, so I take [references] from the past and the present, making it classic but modern. It is very important to me that there is a story behind each collection. My clients really appreciate it. I also like that my pieces are as versatile as possible. I want women with totally different styles to be able to wear my jewelry.
Tell us about Americana
I was inspired by American socialites of the past and contemporary artists. For example, Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy's diamond and sapphire wedding ring was a great inspiration. The pieces with fringe were inspired by the light installations [by the artist of Mexican descent] Leo Villareal. I became obsessed with the movement of lights, I wanted my jewelry to move like light in its facilities.
What kind of materials do you like to work with?
I enjoy working with precious stones. Blazer includes white gold, diamonds, and sapphires. There is also a part designed in yellow gold with white baguette-cut diamonds, elegant and timeless.
How do your Latin roots look in your creations?
When I design, I think about creating for feminine, self-confident, and sexy women. I also believe that being raised by my Cuban grandmother, who moved to America and took care of me until I was five years old. The beautiful dresses she made me always had lace and ruffles. That's where my femininity comes from and my Latin flair. In addition, my flights taught me the value of a jewel at a very young age. Although of modest [origin], every Christmas and birthday [my grandparents] gave me a c harm to put on a bracelet. A tradition that I have passed on to my daughter.
What is the most important thing in a jewel?
The most important thing about a jewel is that you can use it. Many people invest in pieces that they feel they can never carry and end up locked in a jewelry box. I also believe that all jewelry should have a certain aspect of comfort. It should never be a burden to wear jewelry. Who does not want to feel desired and chic as well as comfortable and natural.