Thursday, April 17, 2014

Elena Kriegner - Jewelry with an Engineer's Heart!

Post by Patricia Syvrud

One of our goals in writing this blog is to introduce our readers to the new, the unusual, the unique jewelry designs that abound.  The interesting jewelry of Austrian-born jewelry designer Elena Kriegner is all that and more.  Her pieces are bright, geometric, and feminine, but with movement and convertability not readily embraced by other contemporary jewelry artists.

Elena Kriegner in her studio in New York City

 Colored gemstone "Uber" rings in sterling silver and 18 karat yellow gold with diamond set removable center bands

When you ask Elena “When did you decide you wanted to be a jewelry designer” she answers very definitely “When I was six.”  She has been making jewelry ever since!  In high school she was selling her handmade and beaded necklaces, bracelets and rings, and upon graduation went directly to the prestigious European Jewellery Design School.  After 4 years of training, she graduated as a Goldsmith, but continued her education for two more years, earning her degree as a Master Jewelry Maker.
Geometric "Firework" earrings in sterling silver set with amethysts