Renata is such a person. In January of 2017, the beautiful, vivacious young woman was seriously injured in an automobile accident on Route 128. Severe facial fractures and bodily trauma required multiple surgeries to reconstruct her cheekbones, forehead, jaw and teeth, and included the amputation of her left arm. Renata had been passionate about health and fitness, and had put in the work required to compete as a bodybuilder. I cannot imagine how she must have felt, waking up in a hospital, with no remembrance of the accident, trying to grasp how her life had been forever changed. She could’ve allowed the physical pain and emotional sorrow to swallow her. But she fought - for herself and her family. She held onto her courage, her resolve and her hope.
When I heard Renata’s story, I was moved. A friend of mine asked me to create a piece for a photoshoot centered around Renata’s return from tragedy. I wanted to create something bold, unique and strong, but still feminine, soft and organic. The result was an original ear cuff, crafted of beautifully hammered silver and glowing pearls. Each step of the process was inspired by Renata, from sketch to metal design, to hammering.