My Mom bought me a jewelry making kit when I was 8 years old.
I WAS HOOKED!
I worked professionally as a graphic artist, but my passion was always jewelry - designing, creating, & collecting.
I was often on the hunt for parts and pieces of broken and vintage jewelry. My idea was to repurpose them into brand new creations.
I participated in shows and fairs throughout Chicago and sold my jewelry to small boutiques throughout the Midwest.
In 1995 I was hired as a designer/illustrator for a mail order catalog.
I was lucky enough to get some of my pieces into the catalog.
My jewelry did well, and so I decided to change the focus of my career.
Today, jewelry is my main business - designing and creating beaded gemstone pieces.
Although I've done production work, my greatest joy comes from creating one-of-a-kind pieces.
Each piece is hand-created with love and care, utilizing the finest and most unique materials and gemstones.
My inspiration comes from my love of vintage jewelry.
The careful craftsmanship and meticulous attention to the smallest detail are the qualities I strive for in each of my own pieces.
Every work is unique with well thought out characteristics and design elements, making each piece into "wearable art".
It's a great term, and I work diligently to make all of my jewelry in this way.
So . . . step inside. Browse my galleries.
WELCOME, ENJOY, & THANKS FOR YOUR INTEREST IN OLENA DESIGNS.
If you have any questions, please contact me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. I will be happy to help.
Custom orders for weddings, birthdays, holidays are welcome.
We can work together in designing the perfect piece for yourself or as a special gift for someone else.