Inspired by the intricate details, mosaics and murals of this rich chapter of Roman history, the Republic of Toma takes inspiration from Venice and Istanbul, two of the most culturally significant world cities where East meets West in art, architecture and culture.
Creating pieces possessing a vibe is that is powerful yet feminine, jewelry designer Toma Clark Haines is following in the footsteps of fabric designer Mariano Fortuny as she nods her classic Western aesthetic towards a purified Orientalism. Gilded, vibrant and embellished in a cacophony of colors, the Byzantine Collection is all about the details. Amethysts mix with Rubies, Rose Quartz, Citrine, Peridot and Turquoise, undulating in occasionally ecclesiastic and unexpected patterns. Operating on the assumption that the more Sapphires the merrier: red, pink, orange, yellow or green - this stone is a symbol of power and strength, richly embellishing the wearer with wisdom, grace and a little bit of mystique.