Ana Katarina Vinkler-Petrovic is a former war correspondent turned fine jewelry designer. During her time reporting on the Balkan Wars in Bosnia, she was captured and held hostage for 21 days. This experience solidified her passion for social justice and opened her eyes to the staggering beauty of the everyday - something we so often take for granted - which is exemplified in each piece she creates.
Ana Katarina's transition into jewelry design began organically while working at her parents' art and jewelry gallery after returning to the states. In 1999, one of the gallery's clients asked her to redesign her engagement ring into a post-divorce necklace. She has since been sought out for commissions across the globe, among them for royal families of the Middle East. For the wearer, these striking, sensual accessories transcend the category of fine jewelry; they become stunning personal signatures, future heirlooms and treasured talismans worn at every occasion.
Ana Katarina collaborates with respected artisans – including a former Harry Winston master jeweler – to sculpt her pieces, each of which is handcrafted in the New York City using exclusively sustainable materials.
"The common theme coursing through my work is love, both for humanity and the earth. It’s a concept represented not only symbolically and visually in my collections, but also is my business ethos." - Ana Katarina, Founder
Ana-Katarina is a member of Ethical Metalsmiths and AGTA (American Gem Trade Association). She is committed to sourcing reclaimed, recycled, fair-trade, and precious materials, a decision that was motivated by the tragedies she witnessed in Bosnia and the legacy she wants to leave behind for her three daughters. She passionately supports ethical and sustainable practices in the making of her collections so that each piece is not only a treasure, but is also a powerful statement for social consciousness.