Kasia Zygnerska is our favorite Polish jewelry designer (granted, we only know one). Regardless, we love her designs and her lively attitude. Kasia creates beautiful and sophisticated jewelry for the every-day lady that loves unique things. She launched her brand Simply Kasia in 2009 in Hawaii, and things have only looked up since then. Her designs can now be found at boutiques throughout San Diego.
Kasia shows off her latest design: leather cord bracelets with various charms. Q: Hi Kasia! How did you get into making jewelry? A: Total coincidence. In my younger age I was more of a tomboy, jewelry was just an unnecessary object if you asked me. That changed shortly after. In 2003, I was very fortunate to be randomly introduced to jewelry making by another great artist. At first, I wasn’t into it at all, but much to my surprise, I started to find it more enjoyable and extremely therapeutic. Other than that, I have always had an interest in fashion. It came rather naturally to put right textures and colors together. That can be easily transferred into any form of art, and jewelry is one of them. I am very fortunate. Q: What type of jewelry would you say you make? A: Technically speaking: bridge jewelry (“bridge” is the gap between costume, fashion and fine jewelry). Practically: Handcrafted, simple yet sophisticated, fashion forward yet classic, powerful without being over-designed, infused with happiness and positivity. These would be the ultimate expressions of Simply Kasia. Each item is hand made by myself with the creative knowledge of color, attention to detail and proportion. From selecting the stones to putting final touches on the pieces, I make sure that each and every piece is very personal.
Kasia has great style. We love her paisley print shorts and panama hat!
A: There is not one particular thing. It usually comes down to travels, sunsets, buildings, textures, and the sea. Overall, nature is a huge factor in my designs. Also positivity. I refuse to create a piece if I am in a bad mood. I believe, and was told, that my jewelry is infused with love and happiness. It’s very personal. I am recently very keen on “perfect asymmetry.” The slight luck of balance stimulates the mind, making it very eye appealing. If I had to choose one gem to work with, I would go with Sri Lankan Sapphire. Its vivid and light blue colors are my dream stones!