or a young man who dreamed of creating sumptuous and elegant, yet
spontaneous and whimsical jewels that derive their inspiration from earth’s
flora and fauna, Nicholas Varney had a most fortunate childhood.
Born into a family with a sophisticated taste in design, traveling all over the
world as a child and educated in fine schools in New York, Newport and Florida, he spent his
free time collecting shells and snorkeling in the azure waters of the Caribbean, antiquing and
exploring museums in London, fishing in Ireland, growing vegetables and flowers in
Millbrook, NY and bicycling across Europe and Russia with a back pack.
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 interesting objects found in nature, intermingled with sparking
diamonds, rubies, emerald, ropes of pearls, precious beads and gold. Out of this come the
elegant, whimsical jewels Nicholas Varney dreamed of creating.
or Nicholas Varney, jewelry is the most expressive ornament women can wear. It
is a lasting statement of a woman’s taste and lifestyle. The greatest expression of
Nicholas Varney creates his pieces to suit the needs, and charm the imagination
of the world’s most elegant and active women. Each piece is crafted by the finest hands in the
world with attention to style and quality. Jewelry that is both timely and timeless. There is
nothing average about Nicholas Varney’s creations. They are statements of the good life. A
lifestyle both elegant and feminine, yet sophisticate and sensual, where each stone is carefully
chosen to be the finest of its kind.
Though evolving, the many pieces that constitute this diverse collection share an emphasis on
nature as a theme and promise as a message. Pearls set in stem-like pave implies the
impending beauty of springtime blooms and faceted spinels echo the buds that initiate winter's
thaw. Much of the inspiration for his collections is artistic perspective that reference line and
movement in conjunction with a childlike exuberance for color. Bright red rubies set against
lavender Abalone pearls and pink gold with rough, white diamonds, and purple sapphires in
pave sample a palate with little restraint. Materials often contradict creating what has been
described as a brilliant re-phrasing of the traditional concept of fine jewelry. The concept of
conflict and juxtaposition is the essence of Nicholas Varney. Taking what is familiar and
rearranging what is expected. Putting into jewelry, the concept of conflict.