How My Passion and Creativity Found their Expression
From a young age, I had an innate tendency to create. I liked making things, taking something insignificant, and giving it a new purpose. Creating for me has always been joy, laughter, and pleasure. This tendency of mine was further cultivated during the summer holidays that my family and I went on.
I remember picking up pebbles and shells with my dad from the beautiful beaches of the Cyclades. In these islands, I did my experiments and unlocked my artistic potential on handmade jewelry.
My First Steps as an Artist
However, the event that helped me decide that handcraft is the purpose of my life took place in Kythira. The beginning may have been insignificant, but it was the first and most decisive step of my career in handmade jewelry.
So, during our stay there we visited a small tourist shop. Excited about my creations and determined to sell them, I hesitantly entered it. I felt confident and an indescribable sense of self-confidence, even though I was only 10 years old. I proudly showed them to the lady of the shop, waiting for her answer. “I will buy them,” she informed me, “even though I have my suppliers. But I admire your talent and courage”. This small beginning was also the first step to take my creations more seriously. Since that summer, I have spent countless hours making such handmade creations to give to my relatives and friends.
The Beginning of Kaliniki Handcraft
Thus, the years passed and I continued to enrich my skills in handmade jewelry. When I was a university student, I had the idea to collect shells from the sea to decorate my plastic flip-flops. At that time, it dawned on me that I could do the same with leather sandals. I started getting quality sandals and decorating them with beautiful ribbons and beads. I even made shoes for brides.
Soon after this, it was time to show my handmade jewelry to more people. For this reason, I took part in an exhibition organized by amateur creators. There, I prepared my stall with necklaces, bracelets, New Year’s charms, and little wooden boats. That was the first time the big bang happened.
All the guests talked about my own stall and the tasteful and original things I had prepared. After this, I started receiving the first orders for handmade jewelry from wholesale sellers. Since then, I have not missed an opportunity to participate in various exhibitions with handmade creations and jewelry, marking the beginning of the company “Kaliniki Handcraft”.
The Present of “Kalliniki Handcraft”
So, starting from scratch and up until today, my great endeavor in handicrafts has been realized. Following the constant changes imposed by fashion, “Kaliniki” creates jewelry for all hours of the day, as well as any occasion, even for more formal ones.
We always use materials of the highest quality and durability, such as steel and plating. Our emphasis is to highlight the personality of every woman, and so we compose unique jewelry that exudes elegance.
At the same time, we are constantly striving to improve our company, and therefore, the search for quality raw materials never stops. We spend a lot of time in the evaluation and quality control for all pearls, semi-precious stones, and the motifs that adorn our jewelry. We introduce them only after we make sure that they meet our criteria and are on par with the modern style. Some of our favorite materials for our handmade jewelry are steel chains, rocks, beads, gold and silver 925 elements, as well as wooden details.
Apart from our handmade jewelry, however, we also create collections with seasonal items. Our Christmas charms are a combination of luxury velvet, natural wood, plexiglass, metal, and ecological colors, and are suitable for decorating your space or to gift them to your loved ones. Our Easter scented candles are decorated with beautiful jewelry, fabric figures, and ribbons of all kinds, giving them a special spring note. Our summer sandals are made of high quality and durable leather, while they are hand-decorated with shells, lace, Swarovski stones, rhinestones, tresses, but also iridescent beads. They are designed to highlight the femininity of every woman, offering her comfort and elegance in all of her summer walks.
Moreover, we have designed a special collection for brides that includes everything a woman needs to make her dream wedding day a reality. Bracelets for the bride’s friends decorated with pearls, silk flowers, and high-quality lace are a unique gift. The leather bridal sandals we design are elegant and of high quality, while they are sewn and decorated by us, with meticulous attention to detail. Our goal is to make your wedding day as special as it should possible.
With our handmade jewelry, we want to find ways that will make you stand out for your style and unique looks. We follow and are inspired by the latest fashion trends so that you can adopt them immediately. Our passion for creation is our guide to always offer the most special jewelry and seasonal items.