Over 20 years ago after graduating from the Gemological Institute of America in Vicenza, Italy Nicholas decided to open his design studio in New York. It comes as no surprise that Varney would chose to be an artist after growing up in a family with a sophisticated influence in design. His father Carleton a renowned interior designer and owner of Dorothy Draper and his mother Suzanne founder of the respected textile firm Carleton V.
His extensive travels throughout his childhood opened his eyes to the beauties of nature and the richness of different cultures around the world. As a jewelry artisan Nicholas has always been inspired by nature and the organic.
His use of precious metals, rare natural pearls and colorful gemstones mixed with wood, cork eggshell and coral create an unexpected beauty rarely seen in fine jewelry. There is a whimsical aesthetic to his work that gives a wonderful balance to the boldness of his designs.
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