Thursday, February 17, 2011


High-end resorts and secluded islands like Vis Island are just some of the great sights to explore in Croatia. Croatia is also the birthplace of featured jewelry designer Nina Bukvic.

Like other countries around the globe, Croatia’s jewelry history reflects the use of gold or silver adornments to assert the marital and societal status, and religious affiliations of both men and women.

Gold-plated brooch pins, coral necklaces, prayer beads and gold coin earrings characterized the cultural design aesthetic.

Based in London, Bukvic’s high-end designer jewelry possesses distinguishing characteristics as well.

A graduate of London’s Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, Bukvic’s assortment of 18-karat gold rings, gold necklaces and gold bracelets are classic in style and proportion yet organic and differentiated.

Many of her delicate fashion jewelry pieces are cultivated through the use of intricate crochet techniques while her traditionally hand fabricated, charcoal black oxidized silver rings are a vision of free form naturalism with their sinuous, coarse textures. They are a testament to the fantastic idiosyncrasies of handmade jewelry designs.

Her mesh cuff bracelets—in an array of stunning jewel tone colors—are gorgeous; they are reminiscent of finely weaved, complex birds’ nests. The delicate twist and drape of her multi-strand and fringe diamond necklaces that are accented with brown or yellow diamonds are ethereally feminine.

“I play around with materials until they take shape almost by themselves,” says the 12-year veteran. “My work is based in spontaneity combining self-developed techniques with new materials. I am driven by the desire to constantly challenge myself to create and develop something fresh. It is an ongoing process of experimentation.”

For the last ten years Bukvic’s stylish and chic 18-karat gold jewelry has been featured in both solo and group exhibitions in the Netherlands, England, Sweden, Iceland and Germany.
Photo 1 (top right): 18-Karat Gold Fringe Diamond Necklace
Photo 2 (bottom left): 18-Karat Gold Mesh Cuff Bracelet and Ring
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