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Michelle Fantaci’s new collection incorporates a mélange of cultural iconography culled from her extensive travels. Arabic intaglios, Spanish coins and her own imaginative good-luck charms such as “sea horseshoes” decorate gold pendants and rings. Fantaci, a Brooklynite who studied metalsmithing in Florence, Italy, is now clearly passionate about jewelry, but it was a career diversion that prompted her to create her first collection. “I was studying to get my master’s in interior design at Pratt, and I missed the jewelry-making process,” she says. “That was the motivation.”