You have undoubtedly seen Gorjana jewelry. Gorjana jewelry is frequently displayed on the pages of magazines such as InStyle, and her elegant pieces are celebrity favorites; from the hoop earrings favored by Mandy Moore and Hayden Panettiere, to the graceful necklaces adored by Paris Hilton and Mischa Barton, to name but a few.
Each piece of Gorjana jewelry is handmade from gold vermeil and silver, each design element carefully thought out; from the hammered detailing of the Lock & Key Cuff, to the embossed detail and cutout work of the Flutter Ring. The pieces manage to capture a timeless elegance while remaining youthful and modern in their design.
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When I fall in love with a designer's work, I long to know more of the story behind the creations and the artist herself. I was delighted when Gorjana agreed to an interview.
Q. How old were you when you made your first piece of jewelry? What was it? Who has it now?
G. I was five years old and I made a bracelet out of buttons and yarn. I actually still have it.
Q. Your family moved to North America from Yugoslavia when you were 7 years old. How did your early childhood influence your development as an artist?
G. We moved so much while I was growing up, and to such different places, that I was always adapting to the new environments around me. I gravitated towards art as a comfort and form of self expression. Creating things was really my hobby as a child.
Q. At 15, you were picked up by Ford Models. What was it like to be thrown in the midst of the fashion world so young? What was the biggest lesson you learned from that time?
G. It was very exciting to be exposed to the industry in my teens. It definitely seemed like a dream come true at the time. I learned a lot about fashion through modeling, but it did not give me the fulfillment I needed. I decided that I wanted to be doing something where I could express myself more and be creative.
Q. You left the world of modeling to attend college. Where did you go and what was your major?
G. I went to Arizona State University and majored in Marketing.
Q. How did the creation of your own jewelry label take place?
G. After college, I went to work for a jewelry designer for a few years. I really enjoyed the business and decided I wanted to create a line of my own that was contemporary but at an affordable price point. Essentially, something I wanted to buy and wear.
Q. Where do you find inspiration?
G. Everywhere really. People's personal styles inspire me the most.
Q. Would you say there is a philosophy behind your jewelry?
G. For me it is all about the details. I think a piece of jewelry is such a great form of self expression without being too overtly obvious.
Q. You have a fast-growing business, a husband, a four-pound Yorkie, and a beautiful baby. Has motherhood changed how you view fashion?
G. Yes, it has made me focus more on what is really important in life and what I really enjoy. It made me realize how much I love fashion, and not from a materialistic standpoint but from a creative one. I feel blessed that I am able to tap my creativity daily.
Q. What do you do for relaxation?
G. We love to go boating and to the beach on the weekends.
Q. What do you splurge on? What is your fashion indulgence?
G. I splurge on food, I absolutely love good restaurants. And I definitely indulge on shoes and handbags.
Q. What is the best advice you have ever received?
G. Pay attention to the details, they are small but they add up.
A warm thank-you to Gorjana for the interview and the G-Ring Necklace, which one lucky Glam Gal will win on September 30!
What: A silver Gorjana G-Ring Necklace ($85 value)
When: Enter until September 30, 2007 11:59pm EST
How: Leave a comment on this post and tell us
about the first piece of jewelry you ever owned.
Check back for the winner on Monday, October 1, 2007. The necklace will be shipped directly to the winner from Gorjana Jewelry.
Note: orig. posted 9/7/07. Moving it up so folks don't miss it.