by Irina Collister.
(Matawan, New Jersey USA)
Hi! I am Irina Collister. About two years ago I started making jewelry. I posted picture of my first earrings here, on Rena’s website some time in January 2012 ( it was carnelian, green aventurine and sterling silver ), and now I opened my store on Etsy.
I always been creative. I have Architectural degree, and used to work in artistic field – fashion, sawing, knitting, ceramic, to name few… And I love to work with my hands. Even if I have to go somewhere by the train, I’ll take with me some yarn and needles, and will knit, otherwise it would be boring – spent one hour without doing something interesting!
So, how I started making jewelry? I always loved jewelry since my childhood. About three years ago I went to Jewelry Trunk-Show in New York in Saks Fifth Avenue and was so impressed by what I saw!
After that Show I just wanted to find out how strands of beads connected and attached to clasps, and googled it! I decided to try to make something myself, and THAT WAS IT! I WAS HOOKED! I was born and grew up in the Middle Asia region, and in my designs you can see influence of Asian culture.
It is because I am fascinated of Asian art and jewelry forever, I just adore it! ( If you are curious about Asian Jewelry, I would recommend to search online for jewelry from Turkmenistan, country I am from. I think, you will open for you something new and beautiful, never seen before.)
There is a lot of work ahead for me, and a lot of ideas in the air, and I’d like to learn more and more about jewelry making, but I just want to share with you and to show you what I have done!
NECKLACE ON THE FIRST picture made with carnelian beads and sterling silver wire detail in Asian style, made recently. I made wire detail using 18 ga sterling silver wire. Chain and clasp also are sterling silver.
ANOTHER NECKLACE is my first necklace what I made about one year and a half ago – carnelian and green aventurine with sterling silver chain. Thank you very much for your time. Hope you like what you see.
IrinaDesignsLLC at Etsy