Do Not Set Yourself Limits - Antoanetta
How did you get into jewellery design?
For the longest time I wanted to be an actress and I did pursue that back in Bulgaria where I was born. With that said even though my affair with jewelry did not start as “love at first sight,” it was hugely influenced by my Father who is a jeweler. I grew up with an affinity for art and was always surrounded by it. Therefore, I continued my studies in Art History. My real passion for jewelry didn’t show until I came to the United States and graduated from the Gemological Institute of America. I realized that designing jewelry is nothing more than sculpting or telling a story in "gold".
As a jewellery designer, what are your major influences?
I would say I am influenced by movements like Minimalism and fascinated by the Surrealists as well. In fashion, Alexander McQueen is an emblematic icon for me from every perspective. Understandably, McQueen's friend and jewellery designer Shaun Leane is someone I adore and would say I'm influenced by.
What is your design philosophy?
As an artist, I believe the most important thing is to not set limits for yourself. I am always trying to push the boundaries to see what’s out there. I like to explore, to provoke and I am not afraid to even bring irony to some of my designs. Often, in my creative philosophy, strong contradictions and highly polarized textures or elements are crucial to convey my idea.
How would you describe the typical Antoanetta wearer?
This is a very tough question. I think she /he is very diverse, artistic with class, and has distinguished taste for the unique.
Tell us about your upcoming signature line
I am currently developing a Bridal Jewellery Line which I hope will bring something very fresh to this particular territory of our industry. Designing engagement rings that are truly unique yet composed of classical elements is quite challenging. I expect my Signature Line to expose my aesthetics and also redefine the view for the modern bride.
What can we expect from Antoanetta over the next few years?
I am working on a few designs and business projects. By embracing the development of technology every day, I hope to explore some new territories and translate that into jewellery. I am excited about the fast pace of our world and curious on how I will adapt and contribute with my art.