What inspires me to create empowering and healing jewelry?
To start us off, tell us more about Gogh Jewelry Design;
I’m Szilvia Gogh, founder of Gogh Jewelry Design. I’m a professional SCUBA diver, stuntwoman, yogi, cancer survivor and mom. I started my jewelry design business 20 years ago because I love beautiful things, but as an active woman, I couldn’t find any silver jewelry inspired by the sea, that was both meaningful and functional - so I started creating jewelry myself. I wanted to wear jewelry that reflects my passion for the ocean, my love for travel and jewelry that keeps my positive outlook on life.
Please tell us how you got started?
My friends and family were always skeptical when I shared my visions and dreams about traveling the world and making a living of my passions: scuba diving and creating jewelry. I didn’t want to end up like most people around me. They also had amazing dreams and visions, but ended up living in “reality.”
I did not want my potentials and opportunities pass me by. My source desire is to be happy in my own skin. I believe that living out our dreams is the key to long lasting happiness. And at the end of the day, we all want to live happy – even during a pandemic
My individually crafted pieces are meant to reflect your journey through life and help you gain the confidence you deserve.
Can you expand more on why your jewelry is healing?
My individually crafted jewelry is simple, yet elegant with uplifting messages and healing gemstones, meant to be worn every day and made to last a lifetime.
Every piece of Gogh jewelry is a reflection of free will, love for life and the experiences we face. Each necklace, bracelet or set of earrings is made of pieces of the earth that I find during my travels. I put my heart and soul into my creations in the hope that they make you feel beautiful and empowered.
My source desire: to be happy in my own skin and help others find long lasting happiness too.
Do you have a favorite part of the maker process?
Finding a cool piece of gemstone or seeing something that inspires me and come up with a piece. I do not draw or plan, I usually just jump in, try this, try that... until I love the piece and wear it.
What inspires you to create?
LIFE and my part in the big picture. I marvel Mother Nature’s creativity, the colorful and even bizarre critters. As time passes, my mind tunes out the every-day-thoughts and I truly enjoy each and every moment.
Sometimes I see exciting animals, such as sharks, dolphins or octopus, dive ship wrecks or under ice. But, even a dive in a murky lake with nothing really to see - fills my soul with the energy of the water.
Being underwater is like living in another dimension of my life. Beneath the water is actually the one place where I can switch off my mind and not think. Some call it a meditation
Empowerment through teaching people scuba diving and the jewelry I create - has always been important for me. It’s all about being confident in your own skin and not to yearn to be someone else, live somewhere else or look like somebody famous...
Do you have a favorite piece you have created?
My current favorites are: Master Healer Crystal Necklace with Healing Gemstones. When I am wearing this necklace, I feel that I am getting all the help I need. I am experiencing a change that comes from within, always working on the energies I happen to lack at the moment. When I am stressed out, I feel the calming of Amethyst. When I am fed up with a situation, I feel that Labradorite is bringing a positive change in my direction. When I need to feel my amazon women power, I rub on the Amazonite beads. And of course, I can always use the protection that Jasper brings in and the luck that comes with Turquoise.
What is a typical day like in the studio for you?
I work in my home studio. So I get up 6-7ish, grab my cafe and start my day with my crystals while the house is quiet. I’m also a professional SCUBA diver and stuntwoman, so there are days when I am in the water. There are days when I design the new pieces, make them, photograph them... it really depends on the day ;-)
What do you love most about California?
The weather, the opportunities, the diversity. I came here for 2 weeks, 20 years ago ;-) As a matter of fact my first job was in Burbank and I lived in Pasadena. I even took some fun classes in the Pasadena City College and achieved a Photojournalism Degree.
A woman of many talents! Is there anything special you would like to add?!
Wear some creativity while helping children explore theirs!
Gogh Jewelry Design is a unique line of stunning jewelry made from nature’s most basic elements that inspires, gives back and celebrates life.
If the unique design of this jewelry doesn’t evoke these feelings, perhaps their purpose will. One percent of all Gogh Jewelry Design sales go to support projects by funding beads and jewelry making supplies for disadvantaged kids in gang influenced areas in Los Angeles.