Describe your artistic style. My style is a glamourous mix of gemstones and Swarovski crystals, coral and pearls, inspired by the colors of the Mediterranean Sea and the exotic beauty of the island. This year's collection is called "Gothic Collection", with the gothic lines of the artistic style we find in the Medieval Castle of Rhodes.
Each piece is unique, I create the design and after I make every single piece myself. The relation with the nature, it's colors and shapes can be seen on the "media" section of my online Gallery in an impressive underwater presentation with videos and photos of my jewelleries together with marine animals and coral.
What inspires you as a designer-artist? The colorful beauty and the rich history of the island I live in: Rhodes Island.
What materials do you most enjoy working with? I use gemstones, pearls, coral, Swarovski crystals and Murano glass beads.
What is the name of the piece you submitted with your success story? Odisea Red Bracelet
What inspired this design? The Greek mythology that has a central point the sea with its beauty and its danger. The blessing of the sun, the colors of the sea and the underwater universe ...
How did it come together? I designed this bracelet as an architectural project--hand drawing of the entire piece at scale 1:1 (real dimension), after I choose the stones I will use and after I started making it line by line. You can see the handmade design on my online Gallery in the intro video.
Share Your Background
When and how did you begin making jewelry/beading? I began making jewellery as a little girl, for myself. The line of jewellery Monique Jewellery I started this year in January.
Who introduced you to beading? Nobody. Just looking at photos of jewellery. I could understand by myself the best way to create the structure of the jewellery. I am an architect. I see the jewellery as an architectural challenge. Project-structure-construction.
Do you have an artistic background? I am an architect. I have the architectural company Monica Architectural Studio in Rhodes Island www.monicaarchitectural.com.
How did you discover Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®? By myself, searching the web.
What other hobbies do you have? Cross-stitching.
Do you belong to any beading societies or beading groups? No, I have my online Gallery and Shop at www.monique-jewellery.com
What role does jewelry-making play in your life? Jewellery making is now a full-time career together with architecture.
I create residences, we build them, we sell them and I create jewellery design, I make the pieces, we sell them.
If you used jewelry-making as a way to bring in income, how are you selling yourself and your jewelry? The jewelleries are available for purchase at the "shop" section of my online Gallery at www.monique-jewellery.com.
Every piece is unique. The pieces featured in the exhibition section are no longer available for sell, but can be the inspiring point to order a custom-made piece just for our client ...
Any advice for aspiring jewelry-artists? If you have a serious artistic background it is the perfect way to create something beautiful that will make you happy and will bring you economical satisfaction.
If not, do not expect too much from the market, just create pieces for yourself that will make you happy.