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. My studio Kosmimata opened in December 2010 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.
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 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 and it is one of a kind. I follow my own creative voice and my belief that a jewel acquires meaning by adorning the body of the wearer.
I hope that my pieces impart to their keepers 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