“When I design a piece of jewelry, it is as if I am writing a book.”
Featured jewelry designer Alex Sepkus draws his inspiration from unexpected places. He cited his greatest sources of inspiration not as other jewelry, but as music and great literary works. “When I design a piece of jewelry, it is as if I am writing a book,” he said in an interview, “Each design is a chapter, not in words, but in shapes and textures.”
Born in Lithuania, Sepkus studied industrial design with the intention of following in his father’s footsteps as an architect. In his spare time he would carve miniature sculptures. Under communism, he did not have access to precious materials. Instead, he created his pieces with engraved stones, carved ivory and enamel painting. This was the foundation of his unique artistic style, which would develop more and more as he started to create pieces of jewelry.
Sepkus immigrated to the United States in 1988. By the early 1990’s, he had opened Alex Sepkus Jewelry Studios in Manhattan with gemologist Jeff Feero. Together they found, and continue to find, unusual and exceptional stone specimens to accompany the intricate designs that have become the signature of Alex Sepkus Jewelry.
This signature, however, comes at a cost; Sepkus’s jewelry is a product of great effort. “I have no technical secrets,” he said. “The main trick is the very intricate manual work that goes into the process. I can explain the process to everybody. But at the same time, I don’t think that I have ever seen a copy of my work somewhere. It is just so labor intensive.”
An owner of a Sepkus piece can see and feel the intense hand-crafted process by which the piece was made. Each piece has unique magnificence that highlights creativity and ingenuity–a piece that is a product of hard work and, not to mention, is fashionable. What’s more surprising is that his designs are not premeditated, giving them a raw edge.
“I stopped making sketches years ago,” Sepkus said. “I imagine the piece I want to make in my head, and the hands work by themselves. Sometimes I get surprised at what comes out.”
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