Sensations guide Karina Olsen, also called Kika, in her creations. “It’s as if through drawing I wanted to touch someone and I could touch the way I was touched by that inspiration. And through design to pass it on to people,” says the designer who is passionate about stones and graduated in Gemology at Gemological Institute of America in New York. Karina created Olsen K, her first solo project, with a purpose that goes beyond designer jewelry. For years, in the same period that she dedicated herself to creating jewelry, she worked as a volunteer in shelters, but there came a time when that alone was not enough. He decided to unite his greatest passions: stones, design and social work. “The years of experience creating pieces with a variety of metals and precious stones, added to my training in Gemology, allowed me to look more broadly at what I was doing”, he says. And, from this connection between loves and inspirations, his collections brought, more and more, his universe, which starts from nature. “Nature is the center of everything that guides me. From cinema to architecture, through travel, culture, art”, she says, who brings to her drawing something she read, saw or felt.
Regarding the relationship with the stones, Karina felt uncomfortable with the way gems are treated without their high shaping and consumption-disposal process, not valuing the professionals involved in the production chain and the overvaluation of size and quantity, and not the design, the history of each jewel. “This concern made me question how my love for gemology and design could serve the planet in a more fair, conscious and profound way, sharing, through the beauty and process of each jewel, some of the lessons and opportunities I had”, says Karina.