true gem in the world of artisanal craftsmanship, Tylda Kaloustian the woman behind Mrs. T Jewels - is undeniably taking the world of jewelry by storm. Drawing inspiration from our Mother Nature and creating little extraordinary jewels with a purpose and extravagance, every single piece is made to pleasure one’s self. The universe of Kaloustian is based on a life brimming with sophisticated imagination that maintains the fantasies of youth. Evocative in her designs and sublime in her symbolism, Kaloustian is at once a trendsetter, an art lover, a world traveler and a dreamer – thus her gems always provoke an unexpected allure. Nourished by life’s intricacies and love, her bravery amd mystery is inflected in her pieces. Finding splendor in the grotesque, Kaloustian is influenced by many lifelong icons such as Dali, Picasso and Giacometti. She earned the coveted international Tahitian Pearl Trophy in 2004, for her stunning piece “Dali’s Eye Revisited”. Today, U Magazine steps into her fantasy world to discover all that makes it shimmer and shine.
U: When did you start your jewelry line? T.K: In the year 2000 I decided to make a turning point in my life; advertising was no more a joy for me. Naturally, I got back to my first love: creating genuinely. U: What is the inspiration behind your jewelry? T.K: I live in osmosis with my surroundings. Anything can inspire me: nature, animals, curious species, life. With an artistic school background, anything could turn into a source of inspiration. U: What fuels your energy? T.K: Good vibes fuel my energy. Positivity. Openness. I am very much inspired by people and by the effect they leave on me. U: What are your favorite stones to work with? T.K: Some stones are unique by their inclusions, it is their signature. They carry their history within, and that’s the reason I am attracted to them. To name a few, some of my favorites include emeralds, diamonds, rubies, tanzanite, tourmaline… U: What type of woman wears Mrs.t jewelry? T.K: The kind of woman that is driven by passion, one that is self-made and willing to make the most of her life. U: What is your favorite collection so far? Piece? T.K: I usually enjoy creating one-of-a-kind pieces. Those are my favorites. Knowing that there will be no other makes them all the more special. U: Name a few jewelry designers that you love. T.K: Nardi, Attilio Codognato and Sevan Bicakci. U: What is a typical environment for you to create in? T.K: An amazing sunny day in my hometown, Beirut. U: What piece of jewelry you never take off? T.K: My diamond briolette necklace that floats on a thin fishing thread. U: What are the things you treasure the most in your home? T.K: With time, I have learned to live very light. At home, I am surrounded with pieces that carry memories. They’re a sort of a summary of my life. U: What is the most important thing about jewelry design? T.K: Learn the golden rules, but don’t miss out on all the fun. Break a few rules once in a while! U: Who is your muse? T.K: Mother Earth. Its complexity and simplicity at once. U: What advice would you give to those starting their own jewelry line or business? T.K: Find your own way; do not limit yourself to copying others. To succeed, you must bring your own vision. U: If you weren’t making jewelry what would you be doing? T.K: I’d probably be a sculptor. Art again! U: What are your upcoming projects? T.K: Every morning is a new start! The sky was never the limit, the human brain is!
Mrs. T. jewels are currently available in Beirut, Dubai and Jeddah.