Anna Balkan, ABJ
Anna’s handcrafted necklaces, earrings, bracelets and rings are distinctive conversation pieces composed of the finest natural semi-precious gemstones and pearls from around the world. Designed from the heart, Anna’s bold jewelry plays out on a canvas of 14k gold filled and sterling silver metals. Her designs showcase unique color combinations and each piece makes a remarkable fashion statement. Particular attention is paid to the way the colors and textures work together and how the light plays and reflects among the stones.
Anna’s uninhibited use of color and bold innovation come from a lifetime of seeing beyond limits and following the signs of her own journey. She grew up in the Chernobyl area of the Ukraine, when the culture was grey and resourcefulness was a necessity. She learned to knit and crochet, making the things that were needed from whatever was on hand. This proved to be the perfect training ground for an inspirational designer. During this time Anna developed her strong, playful connection to nature that inspires her designs. Her first creation was a pair of earrings, made for her mother at the age of five. Anna sculpted the piece from homemade clay and embellished with rhinestones re-purposed from a dress. Her childhood cultivated a strength of spirit that fed her independence and taught her to see the possibilities beyond boundaries. This openness and independence is directly reflected in her jewelry designs.
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