If you know anything about me, you know that my approach to jewelry is minimalistic and understated (just how it should be 😉 ).
Something about having to change accessories with every outfit never appealed to me..and always seemed like too much work. So ever since I’ve known myself, I’ve tried to find classic, elegant pieces that are appropriate for anytime and anywhere. Not an easy feat these days when “big/flashy/loud” is all I can seem to find in stores (especially in Beirut).
Recently though..and to my delight, I came across a line of jewelry (and a ring from this line in particular) that embodies everything I look for in jewelry. And as it’s made by a Lebanese designer/architect..I thought I would share my new obsession with all of you!
Orno, the Latin root of the word ornament, is to decorate, honor, or distinguish. And the Orno collection draws inspiration from the elaborate geometrical patterns found in Moorish architecture.
Carla Smiley founded Orno in 2006, and launched her first line of wooden jewelry at the Society for the Technological Arts in Montreal. Since then, the collection has been sold online as well as in art galleries and boutiques across North America. Upon receiving her masters degree in architecture from Mcgill University in 2009, Carla launched her sterling silver collection.
Carla now lives in Beirut, Lebanon where she works as an architect.
What I love most about Orno Jewelry is that it’s both simple and complex at exactly same time..and suitable for any occassion, be it work or out with friends. Just perfect for a no-frills person like me.
I caught up with the designer to learn a bit more about her line, and about how she got into designing jewelry in the first place. This is what she had to say..
A little bit about Orno
“I started Orno about four years ago, while I was still in school. At first I was using only wood, but after taking a few classes at a local visual arts center, I moved into silver. My background in architecture definitely influences the way I design. The collection is very much inspired by the intricate geometrical patterns in Moorish Architecture as well as the bold geometric shapes of North African tribal jewelry. I like to keep the pieces simple and elegant.”
What I love about Orno
“I love being able to design jewelry because its so simple compared to architecture! You don’t have to readjust it a dozen times depending on external constraints. Its just an object – it doesn’t have to be functional, it just has to be beautiful.”
How I started
Story behind the name
“Orno is the latin root of the word ornament. I thought it was perfect! Short, and easy to remember.”
“People seem to love the Facet Ring. My personal favorites are the necklaces though!”
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Company Website: www.ornojewelry.com
Online Store URL: www.orno.bigcartel.com
Blog URL: www.ornolita.wordpress.com
Facebook: Orno Jewelry