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Clam Pearl and Fire Opal Vine BraceletTraveling across the globe as a child, Nicholas Varney spent his free time collecting shells and snorkeling in the azure waters of the Caribbean, exploring museums in London, fishing in Ireland, growing vegetables and flowers in Millbrook, NY and bicycling across Europe and Russia with a backpack. After completing his education at the Gemological Institute of America in Vicenza, Italy, Varney opened a design studio in New York. There every surface quickly became covered in shells, bark, coral and other objects found in nature, intermingled with sparkling diamonds, rubies, emeralds, ropes of pearls, precious beads and gold. Out of this appears the elegant, whimsical jewels Nicholas Varney dreamed of creating. As Nicholas Varney’s jewelry derives its inspiration from nature, he believes they should be treated as such…kept out in the sun, sparkling, rather than tucked away in a safe deposit box. We hope you agree.