By and  on September 3, 2010

While, to some designers, shopping at a flea market for material sounds like the premise to a bad episode of “Project Runway,” Stefania Pia would beg to differ. Flea market finds are key to the Vogue Italia contributor-cum-jewelry designer’s creations.

From tiny trinkets (antique keys, metal washers, rusty door hinges) to heftier hardware (industrial locks and butcher’s hooks), these knickknacks are the source of Pia’s inspiration. “I really think they have a soul because they open up doors in my imagination,” she says. “When I see them in the market, I already see the necklace in my head.”

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