- Dina Cuomo -
- I have been passionate about jewelry all my life. At the age of 15, I traveled to Greece for the first time and fell madly in love with 18k and 24k gold. The warm, rich color of this gold enhanced the stones and settings of each beautiful design. The fact that gold was so reasonable in Greece at that time allowed me to bring back amazing trinkets for my closest friends. I returned from my trip with scarab rings, filigree pendants and all sorts of interesting designs that thrilled each of the recipients. For years, I wore gold jewelry until discovering that silver was equally lovely and complimented some of my favorite stones better than gold. I guess the seeds were planted early on and my first real attempt at jewelry design happened on a ski vacation. I decided to take a jewelry workshop on one particularly cold morning and loved the results.
I am a sparkle freak. Things that shimmer and shine have always attracted me. As a child, I glittered everything I could get my hands on and always left a trail of glitter behind me. My love of sparkle only intensified when I started to wear and admire jewelry. My exposure to Greek artisan jewelers from a very young age and my Greek background have influenced my love of 18k and 24k gold and my choice to work with gold vermeil. (24k gold layered over sterling silver) I chose the name Elektra for my shop because it means bright and shining. I make one of a kind jewelry pieces to accommodate many different styles and fashion trends. My time and energy is devoted to creating pieces that can be worn and enjoyed for years to come.
I love to work with gold vermeil, Bali sterling silver, semi-precious stones and vintage glass beads. Lampwork beads and Venetian Murano glass have become some of my favorite materials. The colors of these beautiful Venetian beads are so exceptional, they add another dimension to my jewelry.