Celebrating individual style

Bianca S. Valerio - The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Women are complex individuals.

Presenting herself through bold accessories — with her whim and facets --— takes a chic amount of restraint.

Statement jewelry pieces are often associated with the matronly. Often, they are pieces with heirloom qualities that are off-putting to those who prefer minimalist yet striking designs.

While modern and trendy designs are almost always fast-fashion, low-quality pieces tarnish or lose their luster after just a few uses. This became the “a-ha!” moment for Filipino artisanal craft and high-quality gold and stones brand — The Artisan Row Accessories or TARA.

Founded by Filipina entrepreneur Annette Lasala-Spillane, TARA is changing the way we see fine jewelry. Women can customize their own jewelry with interchangeable jewelry separates made of 14-K gold (never plated).

The California-based brand with Philippine-made designs uses gray and black diamonds and opals, which are conflict-free and ethically sourced.

With beautiful, digital influencers Kim Jones and Mari Jasmine as the faces of its flagship collection, we can only expect to see more pieces to add to the luxury jewelry puzzle.

 (For more information, visit www.ishoptara.com or @TaraGirlSays on Instagram.) Photos by Paolo Pineda


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