Alina’s thirst to create led her to studies in architecture, figure drawing, painting and acting while perfecting the art of designing and handcrafting jewelry. She earned a living over the course of seventeen years in Hollywood as a television producer, writer and host.
Her keen eye and artistic drive is rooted in childhood. "My mother taught me that fine materials and attention to detail should be the foundation of any creative pursuit. From inception to completion, she fabricated everything from our linen summer dresses in Los Angeles and Venezuela, to our winter wool coats while living in England."
Alina's love affair with diamonds, pearls and leather was born of a desire to own fine jewelry that was classic enough to complement her wedding rings yet forward enough to pair with designer favorites like Altuzarra, Nicholas, Etro, Zimmerman, and Veronica Beard to name a few.
The line is a unique fusion of artistry and design, a classic meets modern approach, each piece celebrating the beauty of everyday life. Inspired by Alina's three children, for example, My Diamond Trio was sketched while on a family trip to Europe.
The 18K Gallery Collection, on the other hand, is rooted in today's most prominent art and design.
Grateful to her community, Alina partners with nonprofits from coast to coast, including San Francisco's Children of Shelters, SF-Marin Foodbank, Santa Barbara City College Scholarship Foundation, Ojai's Carolyn Glasoe Bailey Foundation, and in conjunction with Elizabeth Charles boutique, the Scarlet Fund in New York and Documenting Hope in Connecticut. In addition, the collection is only made available in the designer's hometown, Santa Barbara, via non-profit collaborations and private viewings.
Alina's penchant for beauty includes interior design which she approaches much the same way as jewelry. Two of her homes have been published: Santa Barbara Magazine and Peachy Magazine. Having lived in three continents, she is passionate about travel, languages, family, photography, writing, interior design and entertaining, all of which are featured in her blog.
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