As well as her own collections Kiya specialises in bespoke commissions which include engagement & eternity rings as well as transforming old jewellery by using existing stones or metal. With significant experience and skills at her disposal she works closely with clients to bring their ideas to life. This might be using images provided by the client or designing something completely new and unique.
ABOUT KIYA'S WORK
Every item is handmade with care and attention to detail by Kiya in her Birmingham based studio. Her work is designed to be effortlessly comfortable & beautiful, and is skillfully handcrafted using silver and gold, with natural gemstones adding pops of colour.
Kiya’s work is imbued with the sense of energy and optimism that she experiences when spending time out in the elements. She uses forms and textures that represent the forces of nature, as symbols of the world beyond our daily routines.
As well as her own collections Kiya specialises in commitment rings and custom made jewellery. She also works with clients who want to transform their old jewellery by using existing stones or metal.
Kiya’s conscious approach to jewellery making translates into her commitment to using ethical materials and practices. She uses recycled metal and packaging where possible and can work to commission in Fairtrade gold. Precious gemstones are either re-worked or carefully selected from reputable and trustworthy suppliers who guarantee that they are conflict free.
Kiya has won a number of prizes from prestigious organisations including Goldsmiths’ Craft and Design Council and Birmingham Assay Office.
Kiya was born in Brazil to English and Peruvian parents who travelled the world making a living through various handicrafts. She spent her early childhood in Peru, before moving to rural mid Wales.
This diverse heritage, her love of exploration and her training in contemporary design at the Birmingham School of Jewellery have all shaped her creative style. Her early exposure to ancient South American art and architecture is evident in Kiya’s creations through her use of geometry, pattern and symbolism. For example, the sun is a central element in many of her designs as it was for the Inca craftspeople who worshipped the sun god Inti.
Kiya’s fascination for ancient societies not only influences her designs but also her enthusiasm for the discipline. Jewellery has always been a part of the human experience, in fact the oldest known jewellery pieces were created by neanderthals over 115,000 years ago. This shows that throughout time individuals have expressed themselves by wearing beautiful handmade objects. These pieces become an extension of us and often outlive us, leaving behind a physical representation of a life, a moment in time, or an intense emotional connection.
“It is a huge privilege to be able to take part in the celebration of new love stories and the creation of heirlooms to be treasured by future generations.”