Artisan Ricardo Basta has been designing and handcrafting fine jewelry for 35 years, only debuting the Ricardo Basta Signature line to the public in 2004. His one-of-a-kind custom-made designs have been showcased in some of the most exclusive jewelry stores in the world, only anonymously. Basta is one of the rare breed of modern jewelers who actually sits at the bench and meticulously handcrafts each piece.
Born in Merlo, Argentina, Basta is a third generation jeweler. His passion for fine jewelry was ignited during his apprenticeship under his uncle, a European trained master jeweler and expert in restoration, for the first 10 years of his career. While honing his skills and advancing his personal technique as a craftsman, Basta, had the opportunity to work on restoring some of the most exquisite jewels in the world. Influenced by the craftsmanship of the artisans of earlier years, he fell in love with the style, quality, and romantic design of period pieces, particularly those designed in the Art Deco, Edwardian, and Victorian periods.
In 1986, Basta began researching and studying the properties of platinum. Basta has written articles on designing in platinum and some of the top jewelry designers and design houses in the world entrust their designs to him to manufacture.
Basta has garnered many industry accolades throughout his career but, his most enthralling is the coveted American Gem Trade Association (AGTA) Spectrum Competition that honor America's top jewelry designers. With 41 awards in total, 18 to his name, and 23 under other design houses since 1993, Basta holds more awards than any other designer. In 2004, he won 1st place in the Bridal Category at AGTA Spectrum Awards. Additionally, he has won Spectrum Awards in 2000, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2016. In 2005, he was honored by the prestigious invitation to be an AGTA Spectrum Awards judge and in October 2014, he was honored with the Excellence in Service Award from The Jewelers 24 Karat Club of Southern California. Most recently, he received 1st place in Business/Day Wear and 2nd place in Evening Wear from the AGTA Spectrum Awards. He has also won two MJSA awards in 2003 and 2004 in recognition of his outstanding designs.
Basta's designs are showcased in some of the most exclusive and high-end jewelry salons in the world, his work has been worn by the most chic and discriminating clientele who have a penchant for superb quality gemsand who settle for nothing but the best. Basta's name is no longer a secret. Since opening his store, Ricardo Basta Fine Jewelry, in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, in 2004 (since moved to Century City, Los Angeles) with his wife Karen Basta, Ricardo's jewelry has been featured in print and non-print publications. To name a few: W Magazine, The Robb Report, LA Magazine's "Best in the World" Issue, Inside Weddings, LA Confidential, online at TheKnot.com, named 'The Jeweler's Jeweler' by LA Magazine, and in 2006 Ciudad Magazine he was dubbed "The Best Latino Jeweler in LA." Additionally, Basta and his jewelry store have been the focus of many television segments including KCAL, KCBS, Lisa Joyner's "It List", America's Next Top Model, The Biggest Loser, Univision Television Network, and in 2013, The Real Housewives of Orange County.
Basta's skills as a craftsman, his attention to detail, striking one-of-a-kind exquisite designs that are frequently comprised of boldly mixed colored stone combinations interwoven with intricate diamond details, and his unmistakable ability to capture clients desires, are creating a serious buzz in Hollywood.
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10307 Santa Monica Blvd, Century City California 90025
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