Designer: Meri Hovsepyan | MerikoLondon.com
Describe your designs in three words: Bohemian. Timeless. Unique.
How did you get started in the jewelry industry? My father is a designer of fine jewelry. Since I was a small child, I have been surrounded by precious stones and wonderful jewels. Instead of learning colors from a book, I learned shades of turquoise and blue and navy from the sparkling bejeweled pieces my father made. I studied Art History at a university in the U.K. and then went onto study business and qualified as an accountant, which I did for many years until I finally had the confidence to follow my dream. So, with my love of fashion and jewelry—and my experience in business—I ventured into the world of high-end fashion jewelry and have never looked back. I now live between London and the South of Spain and combine my love for travel with raising my family and building my business. I’m a very lucky person.
What materials do you most like to work with? Most of my work features gold plated and rhodium plated sterling silver and semi precious stones such as Turquoise, Rose Quartz, Malachite and Lapis. But we are very excited this season, as for the first time in Meriko history, we are planning to launch a collection with enamel, along with other metals such as brass and black rhodium plate. So watch this space.
What’s one thing jewelry design has taught you about life? That you can’t stand still. Fashion, like life itself, is ever evolving. Trends, styles and people’s tastes are forever changing and I like to keep one step ahead. Although another big life lesson for me has been the realization that good style never dates, which is why I try and combine contemporary fashion with timeless elegance. I want my designs to be passed down through generations and worn by women of any age.
What’s your greatest professional accomplishment to date? Well nothing has been finalized yet, but we are in talks with a beautiful and inspiring U.S. celebrity about the possibility of a collaboration. If it goes ahead, it will be the most exciting thing to happen to Meriko London, because not only is it a huge buzz to see your creativity and hard work worn on the red carpet, but it is really important for me to work alongside amazing women that understand what it means to be a Meriko girl. So, this will be a dream come true.
What’s one thing people would never guess about you? That, although I am surrounded by fashion and glamor all day, and I get to work with fantastic models, photographers and celebrities—what I really love to do is be at home with my little boy and husband, and bake cakes. I make a very decent pink ombre cake and my vanilla sponge is pretty special too.
Priceless means: Confidence. It doesn’t matter how much money you have, what you look like or how much you want something, as long as you go through life with confidence and a smile, you will always be beautiful and you will always succeed.
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