Rita’s design skills were beyond the appreciation of the non-artisans in the family, like me. When I saw Rita design her necklaces, I noticed her laying out her design elements at her workspace, but really did not absorb the complexity and sophistication of her planning and work. Only much later could I appreciate how much she taught herself and learned how to do in the pre-Internet pioneering days of her career as a ethnic jewelry designer and dealer.
In going through some old family and business papers, I found this page of planning and design for a coral necklace of Rita’s. I wanted to share it - for inspiration to us all – for things we can learn and do in our own designs and endeavors.
Happy 2018 and much love and best wishes to all.
The Rita Okrent Collection