Ariana in Vogue

Ariana Boussard-Reifel
Western Montana

Ariana Boussard-Reifel, a sculptor turned jewelry designer, grew up on a Salish and Kootenai reservation in western Montana (though her family is Lebanese and German), and has always been inspired by ethnographic jewelry and fashion. This inspiration originally gave life to Marteau—a collection of vintage and antique jewelry that evokes tribal and Indigenous cultures—and then turned into her self-titled jewelry line of “small, wearable sculptures” in 2016. Boussard-Reifel, who splits her time between New York City and her family ranch near Missoula, believes that not only should her jewelry make one feel “like a goddess,” but it also owes a debt to Indigenous fashion—something reflected in her designs, which range from bold brass cuffs worthy of Wonder Woman to a breastplate necklace inspired by tribal Chinese designs. And while it certainly helps when people like Beyoncé wear her pieces, “the biggest validation,” Boussard-Reifel says, “is when my customers say, ‘When I wear this, I feel like my best self.’ ” arianaboussardreifel.comCharlotte Diamond