As a small child, Alexis Kletjian grew up in the jewelry business, playing in the store owned by her parents. Now, she doesn’t just play with jewelry, she designs her own. Kletjian, an award-winning jeweler, strives to create “jewelry that will endure in quality and style, that can be counted on to be passed down through generations.”
Kletjian went to school to study fashion design, which gave her a comprehensive background in textiles, sewing, pattern design, etc., but her true passion for jewelry was still strong. After designing her first piece (a bangle) in 2011, Kletjian created a collection designing to sell to her friends. Now, six years later, designing jewelry is Kletjian’s full-time job.
Kletjian’s Memorialize collection features skulls and snakes inspired by Memento Mori. It’s a Latin phrase meaning “remember you have to die” which she interprets as a celebration of life. Kletjian wanted the skulls to have a feminine and subtle look about them that’s not obvious but still carries a special message. Other collections include Lucky Stars (her most popular), Eternal, and Lotus.
In Kletjian’s personal collection, the most important pieces to her are, “my engagement ring, my 10th wedding anniversary watch, and my Oscar Bangle. Each piece represents a milestone in my life and all three pieces involve my husband, the love of my life. I also love that I can look down at my hands and be reminded of these things.” This sentiment is echoed on Kletjian’s website as inspiration for designing, “I feel so fortunate to create pieces that are chosen by customers to celebrate their love, to commemorate momentous occasions, to signify special bonds. I believe that a piece of jewelry that is carefully chosen can be an empowering style statement as well as a physical connection to our memories and to those we love.” Kletjian loves the personal connection her customers have to the pieces and believes jewelry is an extension of our identities.
Currently, Kletjian’s pieces can be purchased on her website and in her Kennett Square, PA gallery, which Kletjian opened to expand her business and provide more opportunities to speak with her customers. The gallery not only features her own designs, but also pieces that are antique or unique; it;s definitely worth a visit.
P.S. Look for one of Kletjian’s necklaces in the soon-to-be-released major motion picture, Bad Moms 2! The piece will be worn by Kristen Bell!