"I love a good juxtaposition."
Through a darkly romantic lens, Shannon Koszyk’s creations observe another time and place in history. Artisanal gothic anthropology is the best way to describe her provocative interpretation of ancient symbolism and nouveau art. She breathes new life into forgotten relics and iconography, enriching them with precious metals and gemstones. Her unorthodox designs celebrate the spirit and beauty of the individual.
All jewelry pieces are made in her Seattle studio, using only the highest quality materials: semiprecious and precious gemstones, heavy sterling chain, 14k gold, leather, sterling silver, bronze and diamonds. All rings and medals are wax cast using only the finest quality sterling and bronze. All materials are ethically and locally sourced.
Faithful to her motto, "Fortune favors the bold,” Shannon’s designs are often referred to as edgy, sexy, dark and dangerous, with a strong rock ‘n’ roll influence. It’s no wonder she appeals to a wide range of design devotees as well as individualistic personas.
"I have been asked repeatedly to tell my story, so here is a glimpse into why I do what I do. I didn't start making jewelry until I was 35. I did not have any intention of starting a jewelry business. It just sort of happened. That being said, I am not a brand - I am a person. Growing up I always felt like I couldn't get it right, didn't do well in school, was bored - they called it lazy. I was always in trouble. Always. Felt a bit like I was standing in the middle of the room screaming and no one could hear me. Seemed like every time I came up for air I was being sent to yet another therapist, boarding school, eventually rehab and lastly reform school. My parents had no idea what to do with me. I was not a easy child to raise. The only thing reform school 'reformed' was my parents bank account. I always knew I wanted to work in some aspect of design, didn't know what or how that would work. My mantra was 'I wish I was an artist.' I had so much admiration for people who could communicate on such a profound level in art, music or design in its many forms. I bounced between music and design and I wanted a way to work with both. Then one day I picked up a pair of pliers and learned to speak with my hands. That day I was heard.
"I need to do what I do, it’s a love, a soul mate and it's my therapy. I hope that what I do helps someone else find their voice and helps them to speak their truth."