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About:

Robert Varela Designs (formerly Bovar Jewelry) is a handcrafted line of jewelry made for men and women by Robert Varela. Intricate pieces are made using historic, traditional techniques brought into a modern world. Robert’s work is as bold as his imagination takes him.


Rob's Story...

Robert Varela Designs was designed out of necessity when Robert, “Rob”, was in the market for his own wedding ring. He was unsuccessful in finding anything that had any soul or depth to it. Lost in the sea of imported, mass produced jewelry with their high shine, Rob had an illuminating thought... perhaps instead of looking outwardly he should reflect internally.

Always having a keen eye for style and an artistic background, Rob had a vision for a jewelry line that speaks to a person's soul. Rob sees jewelry as a piece of art, each masterpiece tells a story and is connected to the person wearing it.

Rob began curating rings using the lost wax method. The ancient lost wax method process begins with meticulously hand carving the design out of wax. The hours spent and the attention to detail at this stage are critical before the sculpted piece is cast. After each piece is cast in the chosen precious metal, Rob continues his artistic process by refining each piece.

His methods of creating jewelry have since evolved to also include metalsmithing. This method involves fabrication and forging metals. Using torches and special fine tools, Rob transforms raw metals into intricate works of art. Like a painter, Rob brings his work to life with the use of patina as his paint brush, giving each piece its unique, one-of-a-kind look. 

Both of these methods of jewelry-making are time intensive, as each piece is carefully crafted with a skilled hand. The outcome is beautiful, bold, and whimsy works of art. 

Robert Varela Designs has substance, just like the person wearing it, and is made to withstand the generations to come.


Awards:

  • 1st Place in Jewelry @ La Jolla Art & Wine Festival - 2017

  • 1st Place in Mixed Media @ Hillcrest Festival of Fine Art - 2018

  • 1st Place in 3 Dimensional @ Redland Festival of Arts - 2018