Take a Strand

Too many postmodern things are just not that pretty.

La Defense in Paris. Damien Hirst’s pickled livestock. Then there’s postmodern life itself.

See? Not always so pretty.

Unless, that is, you’re wearing one of Gabriela Artigas’s stark but startlingly beautiful creations.

Her semiprecious collections veer from deconstructed ethnic (necklaces of graphic horn and jade sticks or ebony and coral — even white wood and horn) and vaguely Slavic (the silver pearl and carnelian choker) to truly funky (spiny coral and black shell lariats).

The tide turns feminine with silver pearl and chunky quartz bracelets, strands of white bone threaded with sea urchin, and boldly threaded necklaces of mother of pearl — shards of it matched with black-as-night obsidian.

It all looks as fetching with a French lace blouse as with a simple white tee. And wherever you wear it, it’s sure to be one of the prettiest things in sight.

Especially if it’s to a Damien Hirst opening.

Available at Stel’s, 334 Newbury Street, Back Bay (617-262-3348). To see styles, go to gabrielaartigas.com.

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334 Newbury St
bt Hereford St & Massachusetts Ave
Boston, MA 02115