Variance Objects

Rough Fine Jewelry


Nicole Rimedio, the artist behind Variance Objects, creates jewelry that highlights the natural beauty of raw materials.   Her jewelry shows the earth, fire, and hand that it came from.  While she received her BA in Architecture and Urbanism from Smith College, and her master’s degree in Landscape Architecture from UC Berkeley, making jewelry has always been her path.  Nicole founded Variance in 2013 with her partner Scott Zankman.  Scott captures the beauty of Nicole's jewelry in his photography of each piece she creates; he also manages sales and operations for Variance.  They both have a passion for gemstones and together they source the finest natural and unusual gem specimens and rough rock. Nicole and Scott live and work in Santa Cruz, California.

Variance objects

Information on our jewelry

Pendant Chains

Pendant Chains

We offer two manufactured chains with our pendants.  Both come in either 16", 18" or 20" length. The cable chain on the left in the photo is made o...

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Ethical Sourcing

Ethical Sourcing

We buy recycled metals from a United States manufacturer.  Plus we recycle metals within our own studio. Our Kimberly certified conflict-free diamo...

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The pieces and process are inspired by the materials.  We use the materials of traditional fine jewelry but we approach the process in a minimalist way.  We cut and polish all of our stones, but we do it with a different set of priorities in mind.  We look to capture the nature of the stone, and preserve its inherent textures, color patterns, and light qualities rather than transforming them into a sparkly made object.  Then, because of the way we cut stones, we are able to approach metals and settings in a completely different way. We fabricate everything so there is no duplication in the way that there can be with cast metal.  Plus we mix gold and silver, melt metals together and leave everything only semi-polished, the final polishing comes with wear. 


Gemstone History

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