What do you get when you mix fabulous luxury fabrics and trimmings with handcrafted 18K and 14K gold jewelry? You get the incredibly vivid and unique collection by DAJ Darya. The brand’s creative Director Liat Topel mixes her Persian roots and Interior Design Dinasty to create one of a kind jewelry.
What do you do?
I’m a jewelry designer.
What is your favorite thing about your profession?
I always let my imagination flow when working on a new collection, as the materials lead me to creating a piece, I often find myself drifting away from the original idea, which is both exciting and inspiring.
What is your favorite activity besides being creative?
Laughing with my son.
How and why did you start your business?
Coming from a family of jewelers and textile traders, my home was a working studio flooded with beautiful fabrics and other materials. I quickly found an outlet for my artistic expression and began to create unique, one-off pieces combining luxury fabrics with various types of metal. People were expressing interest in my designs and I started to create jewelry for friends. In the meantime, I went on to qualify as a goldsmith and then DAJ darya was born.
What is your favorite color combination?
Yellow / Gold, Black, White & a tiny bit of extra color (Green / Fuchsia/ Red…).
If we weren’t in a pandemic where would you be right now (this summer)?
What do you listen to when you create your jewelry?
What do you remember most from your childhood that affected your creativespirit?
As a child, I found an immense joy in playing with textiles from around the worldwhich were stacked from floor to ceiling in my grandparents’ house, and whenvisiting my grandfather’s jewellery boutique, where I was mesmerized by thediamonds on display and hypnotized by his leather-bound table on which he turned all his prototypes to life. Those memories coupled with my experience working with textiles for many years have made the combination a natural connection.
Describe your style (personal and of your brand)…
Both Vivid. Classic yet mischievous spirit, all while undeniably elegant.
Give us a good beauty tip…
Every evening before going to sleep apply almond oil on your fingers, they willalways look like you just came out from the nail salon.
What is your favorite spot in your city?
Definitely the beach.
Name your dream person to wear your jewelry?
Cate Blanchett. She has a strong presence and a feminine appeal. She is classic, elegant and Sophisticated.