As an artist, I'm observant by nature.
And yet, there's something about setting foot on foreign
soil that really sharpens the senses. My footprints vanish
in a moment but the textures and colors and shapes of a
place take root in my soul.
Jewelry is in Caroline Ballou’s
blood. Since 1886, four generations of the Ballou family
have made their company one of Rhode Island’s most
important manufacturers of fine jewelry.
As a young designer, Caroline Ballou took a different course.
After receiving her MFA, she opened her own studio, producing
art jewelry for galleries, hosting private shows with limited
edition pieces and she received several design awards.
As the Design Director for the family company, Caroline’s
career took on a new dimension when she began to design
her own line. She combined her contemporary visions with
B. A. Ballou’s history of high quality standards and
infinite technical expertise. She gave life to the fifth
generation era of design innovation in the well respected
jewelry manufacturing company.
Caroline creates her fine jewelry collection with a cross-
cultural edge, the sophisticated product of worldwide influences
filtered through the sensibility of a thoroughly contemporary
artist. Combining rich colors, textures, rhythms, symbols
and patterns, she develops a broad mix of necklaces, cuffs,
bracelets, rings and earrings. A bit of history is infused
into each piece as it is Caroline's interpretation of decorative
traditions brought forth from many different cultures. Working
in sterling silver and 18K gold, she adds excitement with
semi precious gemstones, some being exclusively designed
and cut for fine quality and distinction. Diamonds and pearls
add a strong yet feminine elegance. Textures in sterling
silver are darkened to illuminate the richly incised forms.
Gold becomes an art form, sleek and polished, hammered and
matte, each piece with a warm glow. Intriguing surface treatments,
combinations of precious metals, and contemporary stones
and beads are used in illustrating a casual elegance that
is Caroline Ballou.
The collections are for the woman seeking
individuality; from modern classics with a twist to the
refined adaptations of trends. Touchable and wearable, the
entire collection moves easily from day to evening, adding
pizzazz to business wear and a touch of exclusive luxury
to weekend and dinner fashions. Wearing a Caroline Ballou
feels like wearing confidence.