CFDA Showcase: Nicholas Varney

We've had the pleasure of meeting Nicholas Varney exactly once and that was plenty. Obviously, we're kidding, but that's precisely the kind of humor that would make Nicholas laugh. So, if you're reading this (you'd better be reading this), that was for you, NV. Besides being a man of many jokes, he is among the most talented jewelry designers out there and renowned for his use of natural pearls, precious stones, and incredible color palettes. Gem heavy and impactful, this CFDA member's collection is full of pieces to entice any rabid jewelry collector (present company included.) Supposedly, we're also supposed to ask him for a weekend in the country to shoot guns and ride horses, so consider this our request. Perhaps with a fire opal as a parting gift? Read on friends, this is Nicholas Varney.


What's your idea of ultimate luxury? 

Time and space.

The gemstone you’re currently lusting after is . . 

Natural pearls.

If you could have dinner with any artist, living or dead, who would it be and why? 

Luciano Pavarotti. He was immensely gifted and I admire the love he had for horses and food.


Where is the last place that inspired your creativity? Give us some details! 

Cappadocia, Turkey. 
It has a beautiful sense of freedom that I have only encountered in few places in my life.

If you could buy any piece of contemporary jewelry from another CFDA member, what would it be? 

Anything from Simon Alcantara.

If you could sit front row at any fashion show, which would it be and why? 

Alexander McQueen show 10 years ago because he was an extraordinary iconoclast. 

If you could be anything other than a jewelry designer, what would it be? 

Professional surfer. 

Be honest: Who is your celebrity crush? 

Monica Bellucci

What’s your spirit animal? 


What does it mean for you to be a member of CFDA? 

Being a member of CFDA is important to me as it is an open dialogue between artists in the jewelry field.