To Brazilian-born metalsmith Lara Ismael, jewelry is much more than a physical adornment. Instead, she believes it should be an intimate and artful expression of oneself. This philosophy is reflected in her thoughtful designs, each handcrafted of sustainable metals to create an honest piece of jewelry. Sourcing only recycled materials, Lara designs, cuts, solders and shapes simple metal pieces inspired by everything from modern architecture to geometry. Her focus on small elements begs admirers to look closer at the piece—and the person wearing it.