Ricardo Basta

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Ricardo Basta
Born Ricardo Basta
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Nationality American
Known for Jewelry Designer

Ricardo Basta (b. in Buenos Aires, Argentina) is a jewelry designer in Southern California.


Ricardo Basta was born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina. At the age of 19, Basta moved to the United States.[1] He arrived in Los Angeles, California and began working for his uncle who owned and operated a jewelry store. Basta began by sweeping floors and eventually apprenticed with European-trained jewelers.[2]

Early in his career, Basta began working for a high-end retailer in Beverly Hills that specialized in antique estate pieces, known as Frances Klein. There Basta restored and designed pieces from the Victorian, Edwardian, and Art Deco periods. Basta gained an appreciation of the designs and craftsmanship which in turn inspired his own creations.[2]

Aside from his craftsmanship, Basta has become known for his engineering innovations.[3] Much of his jewelry is created with built-in movement. Basta created a pair of earrings with alternating sapphires, tanzanites, garnets, rubies, and diamonds set with ball-bearings in between each section allowing the entire length of the piece to spin independently.[4]

Basta has also become recognized in his field as a platinum expert.[5] In the mid-80s, when information was scarce on the subject, he began to cast in platinum. Most design houses weren’t using platinum quite yet.[6] Through the process of trial and error, he developed an understanding of the best way to work with the precious metal. Since then, the learning curve has decreased due to the popularity of the metal and the development of resources, equipment and technology.[6] Also, due to his experience with platinum, he has written contributing articles for the Platinum Guild International[2] on the subjects of casting and antique jewelry restoration.


In 2007, Basta had his first exhibition at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. There he participated in a group exhibition entitled: Luxe Life: Masterpieces of American Jewelry.[7] The exhibit featured extravagant pieces of jewelry, ranging in age from mid-19th-century to modern.[8] Basta displayed two pieces for the exhibition: a snowflake brooch and a seahorse brooch.

That same year, Basta had his first solo show exhibiting one-of-a-kind brooches at the Gemological Institute of America Museum in Carlsbad, California.[9] The show included pieces made with green sapphire, fire opal, platinum, diamonds, gold, mother-of-pearl, ivory and elephant hair.[10]


  • 2002 AGTA Spectrum Awards - Evening Platinum Honors
  • 2003 MJSA Vision Award
  • 2004 AGTA Spectrum Awards - 1st Place Bridal Wear
  • 2004 AGTA Spectrum Awards - Honorable Mention Casual Wear
  • 2004 MJSA Vision Award
  • 2008 AGTA Spectrum Awards - 1st Place Evening Wear
  • 2009 AGTA Spectrum Awards - 1st Place Men's Wear
  • 2009 AGTA Spectrum Awards - Manufacturing Honors Men's Wear
  • 2014 AGTA Spectrum Awards - Manufacturing Honors Business/Day Wear


  • Basta, Ricardo and Maerz, Jurgen J. "Casting Gold to Platinum", Platinum Guild International [1]
  • Basta, Ricardo "Restoration of Antique and Period Jewelry", Platinum Manufacturing Process, Platinum Day Symposium Vol. IX N2. Print.[2]


  1. ^ "Restorative Power." The Robb Report Nov. 2005. Web. 8.October.2010.[3]
  2. ^ a b c Michelle, Amber. "Jeweled Dreams." Rapaport Diamond Report 7.Mar.2008:192-195.
  3. ^ Tara Tyson. "Screen Gems." Genlux Apr./May 2007.
  4. ^ Rita Bishop. "The Basta Touch." Santa Clarita Today Feb. 2005:53.
  5. ^ "Award Winning Designer to the Stars Exhibits Brooches at GIA Museum." GIA Newsroom 26 Jan 2008 Web. [4]
  6. ^ a b Maerz, Jurgen J. "Beginning Platinum" Platinum Guild International Web. [5]
  7. ^ "Luxe Life: Masterpieces of the American Jewelry." The Presque Isle Prospector. Gem City Rock and Mineral Club. 1.Dec.2007. Web. 6.Oct.2010.[6]
  8. ^ Gormly, Kellie B. "Carnegie Museum Wertz Gallery Dramatic Gems." Pittsburgh Tribune 28 Sept 2007. Print. [7]
  9. ^ Clary, Jordan. “Poems Without Words: Ricardo Basta’s Designer Brooches.” The Loupe: GIA World News Winter 2008: 23. [8]
  10. ^ Wollman, Jade. "Returning to Romance." Haute Living July 2008:42-44. [9]