At her studio in Brazil, designer Janice Perez creates rings. From sketch to finish, it is an entirely artisanal process, sometimes it takes her a whole week to complete just one piece.
Janice brings together beauty and sustainability. Her jewellery is made of Brazilian hardwood, garnered from old furniture and demolished houses, and raw stones from all around the world. "The ring needs to fascinate”, Janice says. “At the same time it needs to be sustainable." This the designer achieves by enhancing both creativity and labour intensity. Janice personally handles every step in the production, from buying the raw stones and finding the wood all the way to the final delivery.
Janice choose to work with hardwood for its beauty and endurance. Imagining ways to work with something as hard as Brazilwood, Black Brauna, Brazilian Rosewood or Amberwood turned out to be an immense challange.
Janice wanted to carve each small ring from a solid piece of wood, which led her studying the required specialised crafts as well as trying out new techniques and tools. With her years of experience, Janice learned to whittle different shapes of rings, according to the characteristics of both the wood and the raw stone. Each piece intrinsically unique, her rings are like small precious sculptures.