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Blanca Monrós Gómez started big—industrial-design big. When she went to school—after moving from Barcelona to Boston and living there for six years—she studied the field, focusing on furniture and sculpture. “I thought that way I could do a little bit of everything,” recalls the designer, now a Brooklyn resident. “But then I started doing silver- and goldsmithing. I don’t know—something about the scale of jewelry-making felt right. And also the time frame: I could sit down and make something and finish it. I’m not very patient.”

Just as Blanca settled on her new direction, she moved to New Haven for her husband’s architecture program at Yale. “I was a little bit scared. I wanted to do jewelry, and we were going to a little town in Connecticut,” she explains. “I was very lucky to find Derek Simpson—he has a jewelry store there and took me under his wing. He’s one of those truly old-fashioned craftsmen who fabricates

everything himself.” And on top of skills, he gave Blanca the contacts she needed to score some of her amazing stones (like rare gray diamonds) in New York’s Jewelry District.

Though her first designs were bold, playing on her sculptural training, once she got going, Blanca’s work became tinier and tinier, and she started incorporating bits of nature into her pieces, casting seedpods for a ring or branches for earrings in gold. “I’m one of those people who picks things from trees and find things on the sidewalk—other people are like, ‘What are you doing?’” The fine jewelry transformations of these scraps—well, they get a different response. —erica


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    Four Things that Make Blanca Monrós Gómez’s Jewelry So Special Hers is the stuff that you buy for life.The slender bracelets and pared-down earrings that Blanca Monrós Gómez makes might be understated, but once you know her work’s identifying features, you’ll spot it all over the internets—and dedicate more headspace to pining for it than you’d like to admit. These are four of the things that make it so standout. —ericaRose-cut Stones“I like working with rose-cuts because they are very shallow—they sit very low and work well for stacking. Large rose-cuts... READ MORE »
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    Go Inside Blanca Monrós Gómez’s Gowanus Studio A former textile factory gets a makeover.It wasn’t long ago that Blanca Monrós Gómez—the way-talented, Barcelona-born jewelry designer—was oh-so familiar with the term WFH.  But as her biz grew, it was time to find Blanca Monrós Gómez the line a home that was different from that of BMG the person, and, in July 2012, she moved her operations to a lofty spot in Gowanus in Brooklyn. “It has gritty charm typical of these buildings with exposed beams, columns, and oversize steel doors,” she says. ... READ MORE »
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    Peek Inside Blanca Monrós Gómez’s Brooklyn Home The architect: her husband.Blanca Monrós Gómez has done the whole “shared studio” thing. But these days she works on her ultra-delicate fine jewelry line out of her Park Slope, Brooklyn, house, which was originally built in the 1800s and has been undergoing near-constant renovation courtesy of Blanca’s husband, Aniket, since they bought the place three years ago. One perk of the home office (besides the short commute): She can be close to their twins, who are a year and a half old. “Thr... READ MORE »