The desire for admiration is at once primal and socially learned — something Nicole Rueda Watts clearly under-stands. The local designer’s new accessories line, Nyx Jewelry Studio, features a “Parisian voodoo” motif that combines slices of tribal mystique (read: primal) and Franco-modern elegance (i.e., the socially learned elements). The line mixes bold feathers and braided leather with polished surfaces like freshwater pearls, wood, sterling silver, and semi-precious stones. It all converges seamlessly in her “Papua New Guinea” necklace (pictured here), guaranteed to score you as many style points as admirers.
$925; Reside, 1409 Washington St., Boston, 857-350-3594, resideinc.com.