A couple of months ago I was introduced to Szilvia by my contact at LA Yoga. I absolutely loved her jewelry offering so ordered a few pieces to see what they were like. Needless to say, they are as beautiful as they look. After doing a little more digging, I discovered her inspiring story and was thrilled when Szilvia agreed to be our Feb. SwellWomen Spotlight.
Here’s the scoop on this amazing designer….
Stunt Women, Professional Scuba Diver, Jewelry Designer and Yogi; Szilvia Gogh celebrates the natural and empowers the individual. The artist’s extensive scuba diving experience melded with studies at the prestigious Budapest Art Institute spawned a beautiful complementation of natural tranquility and style with subtle European flavor. Each hand-crafted piece reflects the artist’s sense of mystery and individuality, and beckons the free spirit in every self-made women.
Szilvia combines her passions by collecting the natural elements used for her inspirational jewelry during her travels. She curates items such as turquoise from Egypt while filming at the Red Sea, shark tooth while diving the extreme waters of South Africa, mala beads from Nepal while trekking Annapurna and practicing yoga at the Himalayas.
Once back in California, Szilvia combines these precious treasures with silver and transforms them into meaningful accessories that garnish mind, body and soul.
Isn’t that AWESOME!!! Read on to discover more…..
Q: Tell us about your business and what inspired you to start Gogh Jewelry?
Jewelry can be beautiful but it can say something, too. Something empowering, healing and grounding. With that in mind, I designed a unique line of pieces where nature’s most basic elements are transformed into stunning accessories meant to celebrate life and the world around us.
I started making jewelry in my late teens out of frustration due to the lack of silver accessories for the adventure hungry travelers. I get materials to create the unique jewelry during my travels. I pair silver with semi-precious stones, like garnet, turquoise and carnelian with reclaimed wood, sea shells and beach glass.
The LA based jewelry line materialized with the vision of balance and harmony with herself and the world surrounding. My inspiration comes from every day life challenges, my love for the ocean and travel.
Q: What advice do you have for women who want to start their own business?
Don’t listen to those who keep saying that you can not do this or that… They just say it because they either did not try or did not succeed.
Q: You’re certainly a swell woman, what message would you give to inspire SwellWomen?
My mission in life is to find ordinary people and crack open their tiny view of the world. I do that as a scuba instructor as well as through my artfully created jewelry. By showing people what the world has to offer I change lives and get the average Joan to visit the middle east, Philippines and other places they might not otherwise visit. I encourage everyone to challenge themselves with my “Do One Thing Every Day that Scares You” necklaces – go someplace where no one speaks English but everyone understands the universal language of Humanity.
Q: What are 3 things that give you bliss?
Scuba diving, travel and my family
Interested in learning more about Szilvia? Check out the following links:
Find her on Facebook: Gogh Szilvi
Shop her Jewelry at www.GoghJewelryDesign.com
Check out what scuba diver girls do at www.Miss-Scuba.com