Jewelry designer Audirus Krulis has more than 20 years of experience in the jewelry industry. Graduating from the Vilnius Fine Arts Academy in Lithuania with a Master’s degree in Sculpture, Krulis has always had a passion and respect for the arts. With the recent release of his Sunfall fine jewelry collection, we speak with the designer about the start of his own brand and the influences living in Lithuania and New York City have had on his work.

What made you decide to branch out and start your own brand? While the jewelry world is broad, I felt there was a limited presence of artistic expression throughout. In order for jewelry to be elevated from an object of luxury to that of art, there needs to be an ecosystem of creativity and collaboration as with any other discipline. I hope that by creating my own line I am able to influence other designers and to start a conversation about what jewelry can achieve. 

What kind of materials are featured in the Sunfall collection, and why did you choose to work with them? 18k yellow and pink gold, Kunzite, Tourmaline, Natural Color Diamonds, and Opals, to name a few. These materials have such rich colors, and also beautifully dynamic, subtle differences in tone and character. 

How has growing up in Lithuania, and then later moving to New York City, influenced your jewelry designs? Growing up in Lithuania I was surrounded by creative individuals, starting with my parents— both of whom are artists— and then the professors and the fellow students in the Vilnius Academy of Arts. I was living in Vilnius— a city known for its old charm and hidden treasures of great design and art. All of this formed a foundation for my development as an artist. Moving to New York allowed me to experience and enjoy cultural diversity, abundance of different styles and points of view; boosting my creative inspiration.

How do you want people to feel when they wear your jewelry? I want people to feel empowered and inspired wearing my jewelry— to be able to express themselves and feel a real connection to the work. 

What would you like to say to people wearing your jewelry? To say it’s beautiful, of course! But I would like the work to evoke a conversation that goes beyond the gems and metals, to one about inspiration, emotion, and life.

Check out our breakdown of the designer’s Sunfall collection here.