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Saturday, March 5, 2011

Scandinavian Inspired Lorak Jewelry Designs

18k Hot Pepper pendant with diamonds.

There were a few new jewelry designers at the recent Buyers Market of American Craft show in Philadelphia and one of those new faces was Anna Lorich Akers, who operates under the name, Lorak Designs.

The recent graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design says she her main influence comes from her Scandinavian heritage, admiring the region’s functional and clean designs.

“I use organic, natural shapes with the clean and utilitarian qualities of Scandinavian design,” she said.

Her Forma collection most typifies this approach, whether she is creating a hot pepper pendant of 18k gold with diamonds (top photo) or her silver Flutter Flap necklace (left) the pieces are straightforward and wearable.

The wave pendant from her Oceana collection uses a large rose cut pear shaped milky Quartz as the center piece surrounded by 14k yellow gold with and dotted with seven white diamonds. She also makes her own chains, such as the 14k, 28-inch chain pictured.

Like any young entrepreneur she is engaged in social media, selling her jewelry directly online and having a Facebook friend page and a blog, which happens to list Jewelry News Network as a favorite site. This certainly accounts for her good taste.

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