Variance

Rough Fine Jewelry

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Nicole Rimedio, the artist behind Variance, 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.

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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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ABOUT THE JEWELRY

Variance jewelry is derived from nature -- not just the precious materials themselves, but the process, too. Variance is what happens when an artist allows nature to lead the way, rather than trying to exert her will upon it. The process is one of revelation: revealing the beauty in each natural material, piece by piece.

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Blog posts

Diamond Jewelry Through Time

Diamond Jewelry Through Time

Diamond has a history of being everyone's favorite gemstone, almost becoming the default choice for jewelry, status, displaying wealth, and showin...

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History & Lore of Amethyst

History & Lore of Amethyst

Amethyst has a long and storied history and has been an exceptionally popular item for thousands of years. Given that amethyst mines are located al...

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