Ronni Kappos grew up in Los Angeles with her identical twin sister. She studied Art History at the UC Santa Cruz and then started making her own jewelry. She first fell in love with vintage beads when she picked up a few of them at a local bead store. Over the next few years, she amassed a vast collection of beads by fastidiously tracking sources and researching the many types of glass. She built a loyal clientele for her jewelry, first in Los Angeles, and then across the United States. Now she also sells jewelry in Japan, Europe, and Australia. Ronni has been working full time on her line since September 2002.Ronni's singular approach to design stems from a commitment to her materials; German beads from the early part of the century yielded elegant, simple shapes in a rich palette of colors that are not available in contemporary beads. Ronni brings endless variation to these beads, developing hundreds of styles over the years, ranging from austere and minimal pieces to ornate, elaborate constructions. Some of her work is thematic, referring visually to Egyptian motifs (current season), molecules, candy, or collars and neckties. She is influenced by architecture and modern art.
In the eyes of jewelry designer Ronni Kappos, German glass beads manufactured prior to World War II possess a quality unmatched by contemporary makers. The artist's tremendous devotion to these vintage remnants, their history and their striking, saturated colors informs all of her daring, geometric compositions, such as this sophisticated necklace.
Bold beads of blue and cream repeat a triple pattern that evokes the ancient fleur-de-lis symbol, stretched out across the front arc of the necklace. Each bead is held perfectly in place by tiny, hand-tied knots along their sleek, nylon cord. Kappos treasures her materials for their beauty and the unique variations in color and shape that are characteristic of their manufacture, but because of their vintage nature, each of her wearable works of art is only available in limited numbers. Handmade in California.