U Magazine - - INTERVIEW -

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.

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