PEOPLE IN THE COMMUNITY YOU SHOULD KNOW: Tara Rose – Dream Maker
Who are you?
Tara Rose, owner of Ring Finger Studio
What do you do in real life?
I sell Engagement Rings and Wedding Bands made only with conflict free diamonds and recycled precious metals out of our Midtown Miami Studio. This means that our diamonds haven’t funded any wars or human rights violations, and our metals (like white gold, yellow gold, and platinum) come from secondary refineries, assuring that they aren’t from any newly mined sources.
What do you like most about what you do?
Aside from being surrounded by diamonds all day (who wouldn’t love that?!) I get to meet with couple after couple who are in love. We create the most important pieces of jewelry they’ll ever own, jewelry that is a life-long symbol of their commitment to each other. I feel really fortunate to be a part of that.
How do you get creative?
I let YOU get creative. I’ve stocked the studio with over 150 customizable sample rings. Customizable means you can add decorative finishes, you can choose the type of metal, or even design a two-tone ring. Diamonds and colored stones can be added to almost any style you choose, and you can even combine design features from several different styles into a brand new look. (For those of you that doubt your own creative gene, my clients are my inspiration, and I’m always happy to design a ring that is YOU.)
What’s inspiring you design-wise now?
A lot of our rings harken back to jewelry from the 1920?s and take some serious inspiration from the Deco movement that is still so integral to Miami’s identity.
What are the trends for 2011 in jewelry?
Pave set diamonds will remain popular in engagement rings because they create extra sparkle that can make even a modest center diamond appear nearly twice it’s original size.
We also predict that Marquis cut diamonds will become a popular trend in 2011. With a romantic history dating back to 18th Century France, the Marquis hasn’t been seen in the mainstream since the 1970?s. The Marquis is the perfect blend of modern meets antique that we have seen become prevalent in engagement ring trends.
Who are your current style icons or muses?
Audrey Hepburn, Alexander McQueen, Vivienne Westwood, and Chloe Sevigny.
What about Miami has surprised you the most?
I’ve been surprised to find how many people in Miami speak Spanish. Goal for the new year, learn Spanish!
How would you describe your personal style?
I like classic, sort of timeless pieces with an odd quirk. I also love statement shoes.
What do you do now, that you did not do 5 years ago?
I drive – a lot! I prefer the NYC subway.
What dream have you had that you have accomplished?
I’ve been in the jewelry industry basically my entire life (my Dad is a designer), but I’ve always wanted to develop an eco-friendly luxury brand, hence, Ring Finger Studio.
If you had to move to a deserted island what 2 items would you take?
My ipad and a solar powered charger, oh and my engagement ring…sorry I need 3.
Something new, that you have just discovered about yourself?
I figured with Miami’s wonderful weather and my love of organic food, I would plant a small vegetable garden. Turns out I’m a terrible gardener!
What are your guilty pleasures?
Real Housewives…I love them all!
One luxury that you cannot live without?
Three Words to describe you?
Passionate, Driven, Loving
Ring Finger Studio, 3250 NE 1st Ave. Third Floor, Midtown Miami ph:786.888.4515 or ringfingerstudio.com