by Sofia Craveiro

A designer passionate by the world of jewelry, fashion and design, with a strong creative streak, this is Katherine Alexandra Brunacci. She describes herself as “little bit of a history geek”, a fact that makes her turn silver into pieces of “uniquely individual” history. Inspired by antiques and medieval elements this jewelry brand is the materialization of it’s creator’s passion and persistence, translated into silver.

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You studied art. What got you interested in jewelry in the first place?
During secondary school, I completed a several jewellery-making courses and was instantly hooked. I was lucky enough to be accepted into the RMIT Gold and Silversmithing Fine arts program. (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University) I loved the art of making and seeing a piece evolve using my hands. I also like the idea that I am creating artifact: pieces that can be handed down through generations. For me it is pretty cool that the jewels I am creating today will become treasures with journeys traveled and stories to tell.

When did you decide to launch your own brand? Was it something that you always wanted?
I decided to launch my own jewellery brand in 2009 after completing a Master of Fine Arts at RMIT University. I wanted to create jewellery that I wanted to buy; big, solid, sterling silver statement pieces and I felt that there was a gap in my local market. I have a unique design aesthetic, I am fiercely independent and I wanted to create my own look without restriction. The year I finished my Masters degree 2009, an opportunity presented itself for a studio and small retail outlet in my local town, Gallery Fifty Four, Launceston Tasmania, so I bit the bullet and went for it.

 

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What was the biggest difficulty ?
Brand awareness and starting a new brand in the current economical environment. To over come this, patience, persistence and above all passion were and are key. In my career there are many knock backs and it can be very disheartening to begin with. I believe strongly that success is how one deals with failure. I think it is also really important to be open to advice from industry experts. Next year my label, Katherine Alexandra Brunacci Jewellery, will be celebrating its 10-year anniversary and it is stronger than ever.

About your pieces aesthetics. What was the inspiration/concept behind it?
I love antiquities and am a history tragic. Medieval jewellery and objects are a particular passion. You will often find me wandering around the British Museum with my sketchbook in hand. I also take my inspiration from nature. Colour and combinations of colour are also very important to me. I am a gemologist , and use my knowledge to combine beautiful precious and semi precious stones with silver and gold to create that truly unique piece. Many of the concepts I am working on are based on historical tales and folklore. I am currently working on a ‘Siren” series which I am really excited about. As I spend many hours crafting that individual piece, I think it’s important that each creation has a story to tell and is not just a decorative adornment.

 

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What are your biggest goals for the future?
I feel very privileged that my job is my passion and I love every second of it. My biggest goal for the future would be to run a medium sized makers studio, employing jewelers and to continue making and designing jewellery as a profession for the foreseeable future. I am working very hard to launch my label in the UK and Europe, by building brand recognition and awareness and seeking stockists. It’s a daunting, but very exciting time for Katherine Alexandra Brunacci Jewellery.

Which one is your most cherished creation? Why?
The Lantern Pendant. This is one of my earlier designs and still the most popular. The Lantern Pendant is an award winning jewellery design (Design A Award, Milan). It goes through an oxidation process to enhance the intricate detail of the carvings. It is a very cherished piece for me, as the original lantern was the last piece I created for my Masters. It has been a design that has been with me since the beginning and is ever-changing. I am currently working on the Lantern “Genesis” Series. This series explores size, patina and work in gold.

 

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You make, also, products by order. What is the main difference between those, and the collection ones?
This is my custom service and allows my clients to be involved with the design process and create a treasure that is unique to them. Our made to order service is particular popular for wedding items, such as engagement and wedding rings.
Clients can meet with me and together we can create a piece that is unique to them and or their loved one. I feel privileged that I can be apart of such special moments in their lives.

What do people ask for the most in a made to order piece?
Clients are searching for that uniquely alternative piece. My male clients especially like the solid nature and comfortable fit that I can attain by forging a ring especially for them. I also receive a lot of orders for customized lanterns, as clients can tailor the Lantern to be symbolic and unique to them.

 

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When designing a new collection, what is your biggest concern?
I have two answers – Technical and manufacturing difficulties in creating the first demo piece, once I have designed it. I am often presently surprised. There are some pieces in R&D that just stare at me from across my bench, waiting for the code to be cracked. I do get there eventually, as I am stubborn and can’t let things lie. – I always wonder if the collection will be popular and if is better than my last collection. I’m my own worst critique. Progression in design and quality of craftsmanship is very important to me. I am only as good as my last collection and it is very important to me that the quality of each piece is exceptional.

In your opinion, what differentiates your brand from the other jewelry brands?
I feel that all of my designs have a signature that is unique to me. Each piece is designed and manufactured by me. For my bespoke collection, I hand carved all the silver detailing for each piece, so no two jewels are alike. I like to think of them as miniature pieces of art. I can tailor certain designs so that they have personal significance to the wearer. I feel I am creating artifact to be cherished, and that the jewel will be handed down through generations. I am not interested in mass produced jewellery items. I think that there has been a strong trend by consumers looking for something handmade and unique. All pieces are handcrafted my studio in London. As a gemologist, I also travel the world and hand select all of my gemstones to be used in each of my pieces.

 

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