In 2018 Toma Clark Haines launched the Republic of Toma as ‘TCH Collection– Lush Decadence Couture Jewelry’ in Paris, offering one-of-a-kind, hand-made semi-precious jewelry.
As a child growing up on a ranch in Oklahoma Toma’s dream was to be a traveler. She dreamed of far away places. One of her first memories was discovering a stack of National Geographic magazines and being wander-struck - the most interesting things to her were not only exotic locations, varied landscapes and differing styles of decor but the clothes people wore and their accessories.
“I still remember the Kayan people, that tribe in Burma with elongated necks stacked high with necklace after necklaces. And fabulous chunky ethnic necklaces dangling on midnight black skin between bare breasts as a child suckled somewhere in the Congo.”
As a young adult Toma began traveling the world, studying in London and eventually moving overseas and launching her first global business – The Antiques Diva® & Co – the world’s largest antiques touring company offering antique sourcing in 15 countries. She lived 5 years in each Paris and Amsterdam before moving to Berlin for 7 years and then to Venice in 2017.
Influenced by her travels and global design inspiration, what makes the Republic of Toma different from other jewelry brands is the connection between Toma’s creations and the world of antiques and design.
A self-professed jewelry addict, Toma says:
“Rings are my favorite accessory. They are the thing I wear for myself. When I wear a ring I see it all day long, typing on my computer, driving my car or enjoying a cocktail."
Subjects and motifs of the Republic of Toma come from an imagination and vision that could be defined as a Cabinet of Curiosities in which each design is inspired by art history, architecture, decorative arts and antiques; and where glamour, elegance, timeless beauty and uniqueness are translated into sculptural, wearable art.