Sonia Boyajian

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Sonia Boyajian is a fashion and jewelry designer.

Boyajian, Los Angeles native, got a degree in fashion from Otis College of Art and Design in 2001, and moved to Antwerp to apprentice with a fashion designer. There she wandered into a jewelry store, and the rest, as it is said, is history.

Combining precious stones with found objects she collects from parks and gardens, flea markets and friends’ attics during her travels, Boyajian’s work, like its designer, is both girlish and sophisticated, whimsical and quirkily eccentric.

Faux pearls and colorful gems wrapped in gold and silver wire; acorns, shells, teardrop crystals from chandeliers; and funky plastic figures of animals and people are some of the ingredients that Boyajian uses to concoct her one-of-a-kind jewelry.

Boyajian launched her first collection in 2002, and her work is now available at specialty boutiques like Kirna Zabete in New York, Ikram in Chicago, and Mameg in Los Angeles.

In 2008 she was invited to show her work at the Comme des Garçons guerrilla store in downtown Los Angeles. For the occasion, Boyajian transformed the hard-edged industrial space into a feminine oasis of gems and greenery, festooning racks and rails with branches and flowers that formed a sylvan setting for, among other creations, her bird-in-a-nest rings and dogwood flower bracelets.