SARA BELTRÁN IN NEW YORK, APRIL 2013. BLAZER: CALVIN KLEIN COLLECTION. SLIP: THE ROW. ALL JEWELRY: DEZSO BY SARA BELTRÁN.
Blowfish spines, coral fragments, and shark teeth are among the items that Sara Beltrán has plucked from the seashore and worked into her fine jewelry line, Dezso. “I find material every time I travel,” Beltrán says. When she finds objects on the beach that appeal to her, she takes them home and casts a mold from them. Beltrán also selects stones—such as the blue-hued kyanite mineral and raw-looking polki diamonds—with the sea in mind. “I’m always trying to find inspiration from the ocean,” says Beltrán, who grew up visiting the beaches of her native Mexico. Her boho-chic pieces echo the material charms of the sea as they draw on natural shapes like shells, fins, and sea horses. The 37-year-old Beltrán’s career path took form somewhat unexpectedly when she was living in New York and working as a stylist’s assistant. One day on set, Bruce Weber admired a necklace Beltrán was wearing and asked her to create pieces to go with his Weberbilt clothing line. In 2009, she moved to Jaipur, India, where she now lives most of the year, working out of a studio. But she can never stay in one place for long: “Every time you travel, you meet somebody and they give you an idea,” she says. “Because I’m never in the same place, I feel like every day is an inspiration.”
COSMETICS: CK ONE COLOR COSMETICS, INCLUDING 3-IN-1 FACE MAKEUP AND PURE SHINE LIPSTICK IN ALARM, BLOW, AND NAKED; ORLY NAIL PRODUCTS, INCLUDING GLOW. HAIR PRODUCTS: LEONOR GREYL, INCLUDING HUILE DE PALME. HAIR: TAMARA McNAUGHTON FOR LEONOR GREYL/HOME AGENCY. MAKEUP: KRISTI MATAMOROS FOR CK ONE COLOR COSMETICS/KATE RYAN INC. MANICURE: JACKIE SAULSBERY FOR ORLY/KRAMER + KRAMER. PROP STYLING: ABBY WALTON/WALL GROUP. MANICURE ASSISTANT: ARLENE HINCKSON. SPECIAL THANKS: LOFT 402.
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