Olivia de Soria
A celebrated jeweler working out of Asheville North Carolina, Olivia de Soria creates art-jewelry with a sculptural flare. Olivia graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University’s Fine Art Department with a BFA in metal smithing. Years of technical training and conceptual development lit the fire of Olivia’s career as a contemporary jeweler.
The work is inspired by industrial mechanisms, and it embodies sensuality as the jewelry moves and changes shape on the wearer. Olivia’s design process has been extensively influenced by cultural traditions from all over the world. She spent six months in the Persian Gulf doing field research on the history of pearl diving. Olivia fully immersed herself in the culture in order to study an almost forgotten history of one of the most interesting and dangerous trades imaginable. All of her research and photographs can be seen at www.desoriadesign.blogspot.com.