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Born in Odessa and raised in Cologne, Vika Kagalska spent ten years as an international model while pursuing a Business Psychology degree. Passionate about fashion, Vika’s time on the runway inspired her to create high-end jewelry that looks beautiful on every body.
On Bali, Vika turned this inspiration to action. Absorbing the cosmic energy of The Island of the Gods, inspired by the jungle and the wildness all around her, Vika turned these wild jewels into shimmering designs – each and every piece, something she wears herself; and each representing a feeling, a memory, an experience.
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.