The Return to her Heart. How it all started…
In 2003 Julie left behind a prominent career in Marketing Management and a hectic life in Athens, to return to her childhood sanctuary, the island of Sifnos in Greece. Infused by the island’s rich tradition of pottery, she immersed herself in the ceramic arts. Since 2009, (when she transformed an old stone house into her atelier and gallery), she has produced multiple signature collections of ceramics, and from 2014, exquisite porcelain jewelry.
She created her first pieces of bronze earrings when she was only 14 years old. Then in her Marketing career she worked for many years for an international jewelry company. So, it was only natural that she would return to one of her first loves.
Inspired by her worldwide travels, her surroundings, the ethereal Apollonian light, and the ancient history of the island, she lovingly strives to breath into her work the imperfection and impermanence of Nature itself. Each hand-made piece celebrates the Zen philosophy of “wabi sabi”, an aesthetic that honors the beauty of authenticity and simplicity.
She creates in a quiet, meditative state, reflecting her yogic background and lifestyle. She strongly believes in sustainability, putting in into practice throughout her work.
Her collections are effortlessly elegant and minimalist, while possessing a practical durability appreciated by her clients. Her designs are organic and sensual, affected by myth and tradition yet contemporary, a perfect balance of material, design and culture. It is a new kind of jewelry that feels as good as it looks. From day into night, Julie’s unique pieces are made to be worn and enjoyed by the contemporary yet romantic woman.
Julie Tzanni is a boutique jewelry company based in Sifnos, Greece.
The collections feature limited selections of in-stock jewelry using the finest transparent porcelain finished with sterling silver and gold plated findings with a focus on timeless and thoughtful designs.
She designs each of her collections with the intention of creating elegant pieces that can be worn from day to night, with minimal waste and minimal carbon footprint.
The jewelry is made with recycled porcelain and responsibly sourced sterling silver wherever applicable. She aims to minimize waste in the production of her pieces, and therefore, many of them are made to order.
She uses recycled and biodegradable materials in her studio where practicable, and she continuously looks for ways to be more conscious of her environmental impact. As the studio is located on a remote Greek island, she uses rainwater from her age old water cistern, collects driftwood for heating the studio, uses as little plastic as possible, all furniture is reclaimed and upcycled, etc. She continuously strives to implement practices that further these values.
Julie designs all the jewelry and hand sculpts and fires the porcelain part herself. The precious metal parts are made by a small family business based in Athens, Greece, with expertise in traditional methods of crafting jewelry by hand.