5 Minutes with Accessory designer Kara Ross

FLARE gets the scoop on the designer's new Gemstone Collection 

It’s tinsel time and there is no better way to accessorize your look than with some standout sparklers. Just in time for the holiday season, coveted accessory designer Kara Ross has launched a new fine jewelry collection available exclusively in Canada at Holt Renfrew. The Gemstone collection is a favourite among the style set and has already been spotted on Gisele Bundchen, Hilary Swank and Jennifer Hudson. FLARE caught up with the founder of the eponymous accessories brand, Kara Ross, to find out more about the collection and her secrets for holiday dressing.

What inspired the Gemstone Collection?

The Gemstone Collection is inspired by my love of modern architecture. Works by Frank Lloyd Wright and Sir Norman Foster played a huge role in the development of this collection.

How do you begin your design process?

As a gemologist, my design process usually begins with the gemstones. For the Gemstone Collection, multicolored sapphires, onyx, hematite, blue topaz, chalcedony and citrine heavily influenced my designs.

What is your favourite stone?

That is always changing, but as of late mother of pearl has been my favorite. The way its iridescence plays off of sterling silver and gold is beautiful.

What is your secret to accessorizing for the holidays?

My key to accessorizing for the holidays is to buy stackable bangles and cuffs. Wearing one works as a great statement for a work event, but for a friend’s cocktail party where I want to shine, I stack them all together.

What are some of your must have pieces for holiday dressing?

My vintage fur Bonnie Cashin vest, A-line skirts by Talbots, and my sterling silver half stained glass cuff with 18k gold, onyx, hematite and black sapphires.

Who are your style icons?

I admire Suzanne Belperron – not only was she an iconic jewelry designer, but her effortless style is inspiring.