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fabiana new 1I discovered Fabiana (or she discovered me!) on LinkedIn, and it was a pleasure to get to know her. Today's post is on her unique history and approach to jewelry-making. Fabiana lives in a small village south of Italy, near the beautiful coast of the Gargano.  She describes herself as 'very busy' (we can relate!), but she loves her life -- connecting with nature, animals, and especially the sea. Her goal is to share her vision of the world through her art and life inspirations. I hope you enjoy her story as much as I did!

Sheila:  What got you started in jewelry making?

Fabiana:  My passion for art has led me to the realization of jewelry in a very casual and unexpected way. Ever since I was little I learned to draw, a passion I never wanted to abandon even when, growing up, my studies went in a different direction. I have always drawn female subjects, at some point I began to dress them up with jewels of various shapes. From there I arrived to the craftsmanship.

Sheila:  How did you hone your skills? 

Fabiana: Although I had never done it before, I immediately became acquainted with the tools of the craft, as a lover of art, I like to experiment, so I try to create something.  Sometimes I do not know what I will create, some others I have a clear idea in my mind.

Sheila:  What do you call your style and why?

fabiana new 2Fabiana:  I think my style is a little bohemian, certainly in line with European trends. I look for innovation in my line, always with a discreet and never excessive taste, even in the strongest pieces of the collection.

Sheila:  Can you describe your ideal customer?

Fabiana:  My ideal customer is a woman who loves to take care of herself, she is a woman with strong goals in life. Many of my clients are women who need to affirm themselves in life and who care about their femininity. I tend to think that they resemble me, because they love my style, somehow they love the essence of what I create, they often buy because they understand what is behind every single creation.

Sheila:  What are your favorite materials and why?

Fabiana:  I love gemstones because they are an element of connection with nature. I find interesting the connection created between gems and women on an energetic level.

For their properties, their effects and their incredibly feminine appearance, I love rose quartz, mother of pearl and angelite.

Learn more about Fabiana and enjoy her work in her Etsy shop ICALIPSOTreasures, and on her web site  

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