Over the course of seventeen years, Alina worked behind and in front of the camera for the silver screen. Bilingual (English and Spanish) and fluent in Italian, her thirst to create led her to studies in architecture, figure drawing, painting and acting while perfecting the art of designing and handcrafting jewelry.
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 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 clothing from designer favorites like Ulla Johnson, Helmut Lang, and Brunello Cucinelli.
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 plane to Europe with her family.
The soon to be unveiled 18K Gallery Collection is a collection of 18k gold and white diamond jewels rooted in today's most prominent art and design.
Grateful to her community, the designer is dedicated to giving back by partnering with nonprofits including San Francisco's Children of Shelters, SF-Marin Foodbank, Santa Barbara City College Scholarship Foundation, and the Carolyn Glasoe Bailey Foundation. To that end, although Designs by Alina can be found in boutiques across the country, the collection is only made available in the designer's hometown, Santa Barbara, 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.) She is also passionate about family, friends, entertaining, writing and travel, all of which are featured in her blog.
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