Nice to meet you, my name is Anastasia. I'm the person behind the KRISTALA brand and self-taught artisan jewelry designer. I make beaded jewelry and unique artisan components. A variety of my creations were gifted to celebrities and participated in several red carpet celebrity gifting events honoring Oscars, Golden Globes, and Costume Designers Guild Awards! You can find the whole Celebrity Gifting collection here.
How is KRISTALA jewelry made?
My collection of jewelry and accessories is carefully handmade by me in my home-based studio. Designs feature a variety of styles from contemporary, minimalist to rustic, nature-themed.
Everything is made out of high quality Japanese and Czech glass beads with the 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 ear wires, and beads. The exception is made only for a solid electrical copper wire that I upcycle and use for geometric dangle earring components.
What is Niobium? It is a 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 ear wires.
Inspiration for most of my work usually comes when I travel. I draw my ideas while immersing in the 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 my last name and it translates as "crystals".
KRISTALA supports environmental charities and donates a portion of all sales to Sierra Club and Ocean Conservancy.
Welcome to my World.