Vika was born in Odessa and fashion has always been her passion. In addition to her studies in business psychology, the Ukrainian-born Viktoria worked as an international model for more than 10 years. She travelled a lot, lived for several years in her chosen home Bali and became more and more involved with the topic of sustainability. The desire grew in her to create a sustainable fashion jewellery alternative that is also affordable for everyone. Inspired by the catwalks of the world, she made it her mission to create individual, contemporary jewellery. The elegantly simple, recycled sterling silver creations are not only meant to shine, but also to make a statement. There is a personal memory, message or story in each piece of jewellery she designs.
The Studio was established in 1986, on the Island of Bali, in Indonesia. It started out as a small studio with the aim of manufacturing unique high-quality jewellery. Indonesians have produced jewellery and decorative accessories from precious metals for centuries. Although many silversmiths have had no formal education, their natural talent, along with the knowledge and skills handed down by a long line of forefathers, have enabled them to produce delicate and intricate pieces for ceremonial, personal and commercial use. At the Studio the philosophy is a clear and simple one. Based on respect for others, their character, culture and their religion, the studio strives to ensure that the lives of its workers improve and are fulfilled. They started with the vision that they could help raise the morale of the silversmiths, improve conditions and introduce a fair wage policy. The aim has been to create a workforce and working environment which is comfortable, stress-free and produces a good quality of life for all. This was encouraged by introducing an ‘open management’ style, where all are respected and heard. An enterprise is only as successful as its workers are satisfied. In the beginning, the Studio grew out of a tiny seedling into a towering tree. Solid in production and trade, it quickly became one of Bali’s largest and finest mass producers and exporters of crafted, 925 sterling silver jewellery.