Pittsburgh jewelry designer Celeste Monteleone creates exciting and distinctive wearable art. She begins with a search for the perfect blending of precious metals and gemstones. The reward for finding each unique combination is a jewel that comes to life. The interplay of shiny and textured surfaces is of particular interest to the artist. As a result most of her pieces have one or more textures – engraved lines, a finish that looks like leather, a fine pebbly look, or a luminous surface that is her own “trade secret”. “I enjoy the feel of the metal in my fingers and the visual interplay of the metal’s surfaces with the semiprecious stones and fresh water pearls which can be integral to the design or offer a dramatic foil.”