Ria Charisse, daughter of a geologist, grew up looking closely at fossils and rock formations. Her fascination with natural forms has informed her palette for incorporating precious and semi-precious stone in her jewelry designs. With a foundation as a professional sculptor and a MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art, her aesthetic remains centered around organic and rare materials. Since 2001 Charisse has been casting from nature and crafting delicate vine like necklaces from precious stones.