Sophia Georgiopoulou is a Byzantinist turned goldsmith. In 2004 she gave up teaching and academia to learn to work with metal. Her studio Kosmimata opened in December 2010 in the basement garage of her house in Athens, Greece. A year later to the day, her family and her studio relocated to Seattle, Washington, US. Sophia named her studio Kosmimata*, the ancient Greek word for jewels, because of her studies in the Classics and of her love for the jewelry making traditions of ancient times.
Kosmimata jewels 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. Sophia hand fabricates and hand finishes her pieces. They are all made by her, in the studio, without the help of any assistants, using traditional, millennia old goldsmithing techniques. Whenever possible the metals are recycled and the gemstones ethically mined .
Simple tools, fire and her hands transform metal and gemstone into modern heirlooms. All of Sophia’s work bears traces of her goldsmith's tools and hands and it is one of a kind.
Sophia’s jewels hope to 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