About Olia Toporovsky
I started making jewelry when I was seven years old. I enjoyed putting little beads together into necklaces. This was before my family immigrated from Former Soviet Union, to America. In an immigrant family, it was rare to think of art, as a career. Jewelry making was expected to be my hobby, along with writing poetry and playing table tennis.
“She finished University and got a job on Wall Street,” my mom told our family and friends with pride. I was doing what I was supposed to do, but inside I wanted to do be an artist. I left Wall Street and anything else that had to do with a career path that I didn’t want and started Olia Designs in 2003.
Today, I have been a jewelry designer for over a decade, during which I also opened myself up to other art forms. I do improv comedy and creative writing, which I also love. I love to draw, paint and practice music. I am also a mother to my amazing son, Isaiah. I play table tennis whenever I have time, competitively... very competitively.
It’s not easier to chose passion, it feels risky and hard to make a living from your inspiration. It’s scary to show work that only I am responsible for and to leave it open to anyone for judgement, but there is no adventure, without a sense of danger. I hope that somehow these objects have meaning to people. I hope that people have a good feeling when they wear the jewelry. All the pieces are lovingly treated with Reiki by me.
Thank you for all of your support over the years!