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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 9 May 2015
16 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 9 MAY 2015 DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM Break a Greek jewellery label, Break a Stone, know which combines metal and semi-preciou NELLY SKOUFATOGLOU N B o c Break a Stone values the permanence of precious metal, crystals and craft. Its founder, multitasking mum Aggelika Karali, left her promising position as a finance executive to dabble in jewellery. m p e s i The pieces arising in her collections are seen as symbols of spiritual protection in the form of accessory adornment, constructed from gold and silver-plated materials embellished with raw quartz, lapis, zircons, agate, garnets, amethyst, tourmaline and many other gems. Her collections resemble ancient Greek, African, Nordic and Aztec pagan designs. The risk she took to turn her life around and pursue a different career paid off, as her Etsy shop has not only garnered attention from Europe and the US, but also Australia, tapping collaborations with famous fashion bloggers and labels. design Neos Kosmos (NK): How did you become involved in fashion and jewellery design? Aggelika Karali (AK): It seems that design has just been my main interest throughout the years and still grows with me, on me. Additionally, making jewellery involves hours and hours of work on the bench using all kinds of hand tools, which has also been one of my sweet spots. On another note, jewellery totally reflects the personality and defines the style of its owner. However, what fascinates me and adds more value to jewellery is that a single piece can accompany someone through many times and years. NK: Why did you name your brand Break a Stone? AK: Break A Stone is an action, it's not a statement. It not only describes my aesthetic but also describes me and my attitude towards life. I wanted my brand to represent my life's philosophy of breaking though the hardships and personal drawbacks, but mainly breaking through this drama (referred to as stone). Most of us unfortunately were subjected to a specific mentality throughout our upbringing that 'life is hard and you'd better go the safe way ... study something, make a career, be useful to the 'system' and have kids'. I came to a point where I would rather lead a life I choose for myself. I am not at all criticising those who go with the flow, but after having tried all of the above, I have decided that some aspects don't exactly work for me. NK: What is the defining characteristic of your work? AK: I'm fascinated by natural crystals as one can clearly tell just by looking at my designs. The shapes and colours often define the piece I am creating. Sometimes the metalwork is just the 'frame' to this beautiful 'painting' drawn by nature. NK: What inspires you and what is the driving force behind your collections? AK: I can be inspired by anything that catches my attention. This differs from time to time. People inspire me, music, nature too. I am also one of those people that are mostly creative when they feel really happy or sad. When going through such periods in my life, my mind is just like a little box that opens up to let all creativity out to run wild and free. NK: Your jewellery has strong geometric and ethnic influences.
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