I am Sophia Georgiopoulou and I came to jewelry making later in my life. In spring 2004, I gave up teaching and
academia to become a goldsmith. Everyone thought I was going through an early mid-life crisis but I was very
happy to finally follow my passion for making. In December 2010, my studio Kosmimata was born in the basement
garage of our house in Athens, Greece. A year later to the day, our family and my studio moved to Seattle,
Washington, US. I named my studio Kosmimata*, the ancient Greek word for jewels,
because of my studies in the Classics and of my love for the jewelry making traditions of ancient times.
For me, jewels are talismans connect us to the beauty in the world. My pieces are wearable,
small artifacts that speak the formal language of the jewel's evolution through time in their elaborate details,
rounded granulated forms and textures and in their high karat golds, silver, pearls and luminous gemstones.
I hand fabricate and hand finish my pieces. They are all made by me, in my studio, without the help of
any assistants, using traditional, millennia old goldsmithing techniques. Whenever possible the metals are
recycled and the gemstones ethically mined .
I use a few, simple tools, fire and my hands to transform metal and gemstone into modern heirlooms.
All of my work bears traces of my goldsmith's tools and hands. I do not make production work or follow popular
jewelry trends in my work. I follow my own creative voice and my belief that
a jewel "should not mean, but be."
I hope that my pieces impart to their wearer a sense of beauty, history, elegance and a connection
to all that is marvelous in this world.
*kosmimata: jewels, from the all important ancient Greek word kosmos, signifying
order; natural order, universal order; form, fashion; government; ornament, decoration; honor; microcosm