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We appreciate a well-cut gem as much as the next gal. But sometimes we?re in the mood for a bauble that?s a little...edgier.

Which is why we immediately made some space in our rotating jewelry repertoire for Variance Objects. Designed by Nicole Rimedio, who?s based in Santa Cruz, these rings and earrings have a distinctively rough, storied quality to them.

That elegantly raw look is no accident--Rimedio purposely doesn?t cut and polish the stones to perfection, instead working with the shape they?re in when they come out of the ground. She artfully molds them with diamond tools and secures them into precious-metal settings using a torch and hammer.

We adore these angular studs in lapis, quartz, emerald or amazonite, set in 14-karat gold (starting at $88). Wear this reversible opal drop ($320) behind them for a dramatic tiered effect. We?re over the moon for the mixed metals in this oxidized knuckle ring ($88) that melds rose gold and yellow gold. But our favorite piece has to be the stunning moldavite Space Ring ($440).

Buy the jewelry online--Rimedio does custom orders too--or check out the pieces at the Variance Objects pop-up shop at Cameron Marks on December 14 and 15.

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