Growing up a stone’s throw from RISD with two artist parents (her mother is a photographer and her father a graphic designer) and a grandmother who took up painting and fashion design much later in life, Lucia Perluck’s creative leanings were pretty much a foregone conclusion. After taking a jewelry class at the design college, she apprenticed with a local jeweler for her high-school senior project and even created her own collection (talk about extra credit!).
Her second—more official—go at her own line came four years later in 2014 when, after getting a BFA at Temple and fine-tuning her skills with pros like Alexis Bittar, she established Lucia Pearl, a collection of interlocking cuffs and attention-grabbing rings. As she puts it, “My style is modern, bold, and a little bit bohemian.” One of her first pieces was a set of spiral, tubular hoops, which, thanks to some mechanical wizardry, appear to go all the way through the ear, a result of Lucia’s mastery of CAD programs and interest in finding cool manufacturing innovations. Her newest pieces draw on a recent residency with an engraver in Morocco and take design cues from classic Berber jewelry. Yes, she’s still accumulating those extra-credit points.