During her very rewarding seventeen year career in television, Alina de Albergaria, devoted her free time to another creative endeavor: the art of handcrafting jewelry. The designer's keen eye and artistic drive developed long before working for the silver screen.
"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 when we lived in Los Angeles and Venezuela, to our winter wool coats in England."
Naturally it followed that when the collection was launched in the spring of 2014, hand forged solid gold, pave diamonds and choice pearls, coupled with inspired designs and attention to detail would be the driving forces behind the line.
"My love affair with diamonds, pearls and leather was born of a desire to own fine jewelry that was classic enough to complement my wedding rings yet forward enough to pair with pieces from designer favorites like Ulla Johnson, Helmut Lang, and Brunello Cucinelli."
Over the course of a decade, Alina soaked up everything from scouring the market for exquisite pearls to shaping and soldering precious metals.
Designs by Alina was discovered by Elizabeth Charles in San Francisco's Pacific Heights where the full collection is carried. The line is a fusion of artistry and inspiration, 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 plane to Europe with her family while the coastal look of the Hooped Cotton Candy earrings she hand forges is rooted in Santa Barbara, the place she calls home.
Grateful to her community, the designer is dedicated to raising funds for nonprofits like San Francisco's Children of Shelters, SF-Marin Foodbank, and Santa Barbara Community College Scholarship Foundation to name a few. To that end, Designs by Alina can only be purchased in the designer's hometown via non-profit collaborations.
Alina's penchant for beauty includes interior design which she approaches much the same way as jewelry -two of her homes have been published, the latest in Santa Barbara Magazine. The designer is passionate about writing, travel, family, floral arranging, and entertaining, all of which are featured in her blog.
beauty and inspiration...forever entwined