Nice to meet you, my name is Anastasia. I'm the person behind KRISTALA brand.
I'm a self-taught jewelry designer who have always been interested in visual arts and high fashion. I started out as a studio photographer working with people portraits and product photography. Later I received degree in Fine and Performing Arts with focus on film/digital photography and oil painting. After receiving my degree, I studied bead making out of polymer clay on my own and produced variety of artisan jewelry components that many fabulous artisans used in their own designs.
For many years, while I tried myself in different types of arts and crafts, I have been hoarding and collecting pretty glass seed beads, but didn't do anything with them for a while. In the year of 2019 I've finally decided to put all my previous creative knowledge towards jewelry making and start using my enormous collection of seed beads. That's how my new creative journey has begun.
How is KRISTALA jewelry made?
My collection of jewelry and accessories is carefully handmade by me in my home-based studio. Designs feature variety of styles from contemporary, minimalist to rustic, nature-themed.
Everything is made out of high quality Japanese and Czech glass beads with occasional inclusion of metals, polymer clay and other glass beads.
In my work I rarely use non-precious metals that can come in contact with skin, to avoid possible allergic reactions. If I use metals in my designs, then it is either hypoallergenic niobium, sterling silver, gold-filled or solid gold earwires and beads. Exception is made only for solid electrical copper wire that I upcycle and use for geometric dangle earring components.
What is Niobium? It is rare hypoallergenic metal that is perfect for earrings. I use mostly niobium for earring findings, but when niobium colors do not match my design, then I use sterling silver or gold-filled earwires.
Inspiration for most of my work usually comes when I travel. I draw my ideas while immersing into places I visit. I love nature and animals and try to incorporate elements of our beautiful world in each design. You can see elements of nature in many pieces - flowers, dragonflies, fern leaves etc. I also love gazing at modern architecture and browsing high-fashion runway shows and luxury interiors worldwide - all this together fuels my creativity. I try to travel as much as I can between creative projects so I do not experience prolonged artist's block.
What does KRISTALA mean?
It is actually my last name and it translates as "crystals".
KRISTALA supports environmental charities and donates 10% of all sales to Ocean Conservancy.
Welcome to my World.
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