Suzanne Ellis Wernevi is the creative force behind Luna & Stella, a line of keepsake jewelry that uses birthstones to symbolize life’s most important relationships. Her studio is on the third floor of the 1902 East Side home she shares with her husband and their young kids. “The whole space is influenced by the mix of old and new that inspires Luna & Stella’s jewelry,” she says. “It’s a mix of eras, a mix of cultures, a mix of metals and a mix of family history.”
Suzanne’s favorite thing about this space is that is looks out on Blackstone Woods, and in the winter, when there are no leaves on the trees, she can see the Seekonk River. “I position my work table toward the window for the continual inspiration of the changing seasons,” she says.
On the desk, there’s a mix of antique lockets and Suzanne’s birthstone charm necklaces and rings. “Many of our own pieces were inspired by the moon and star icons used in Victorian jewelry,” she says. “Peter Hink’s book, Victorian Jewelry, is a great resource; it’s a collection of catalogues from Victorian era jewelers, many of whom were based here in Providence.”
“I am so inspired by the history of jewelry making in Rhode Island,” Suzanne says. “It was part of what brought us here from New York five years ago, and I love to support the tradition of craft and design from local makers, which I believe is one of our state’s great strengths.” Her desk, a vintage schoolhouse table, was refinished by Home Imagined on Broadway. The succulents and flowers are by Flowers by Semia, “a local floral artist whose work I admire.” The Luna & Stella sign was silk screened at AS220.
Keepsakes from her husband’s family in Sweden are all around the space, including the landscape painting by Swedish painter Per Julius, a trunk from her husband’s childhood home in Sweden, and a painting by Swedish artist Inger Wallertz, who taught Suzanne’s mother-in-law at the Gerlesborgsskolan.
On the wall is a collection of Suzanne’s family photos, including her mother’s mother’s family at their Boston home in 1919, her parents on their wedding day in 1970 and her father’s mother’s family outside their carriage factory in Philadelphia around 1900. “Family and history are so important to me,” she says.