New York City-based designer Bianca Lopez formed her company on the concept of developing contemporary designs using ancient techniques. in essence, she went back to the future, by studying with European goldsmiths to master techniques that had nearly faded from the trade such as chasing and repoussé.
Ms. Lopez literally hammered out a series of designs that have excited private jewelry collectors. Today she continues to create pieces that combine the ancient with the modern.
Influenced by travels in Europe and Latin America, she braids various styles to unleash a bold new line of elegant jewelry designed for women and men. The collection reflects Ms. Lopez''s fascination with the organic shapes, colors, and textures found in nature.
Ms. Lopez began her studies at New York City''s Parsons School of Design. Later she was accepted into the renowned Fashion Institute of Technology. There, Ms. Lopez studied with some of the world''s top jewelry designers, including Maurice Galli, formerly of Tiffany & Company and currently the designer at harry Winston, and Omar Torres, formerly of the Italian jewelry house Bulgari and new head of the design department at London-based Asprey & Garrard. During her second year at FIT, Ms. Lopez was awarded the Elsa Peretti honor scholarship in jewelry design.
After graduating, Ms. Lopez continued to seek out some of the best goldsmiths and metal crafts experts in the world. As an apprentice with goldsmith Cecilia Bauer, metalsmith Valentin Yotkov (Tiffany & Co.), and Dutch-born wax model maker Fred do Vos she quickly became adept at making jewelry. Most recently Ms. Lopez was invited to join the staff of the Jewelry Arts institute in New York City, where she currently teaches classical techniques in goldsmithing.
Today she combines these techniques of embossing and ornamentation on metal with wax model making, methods that continue to yield beautifully finished jewelry.