By Daniela Milosheska
Branka Dancevska is beyond question, one of the best jewellers currently working in Skopje, Macedonia. But the sculptor and art school graduate does more than just make pretty accessories: she also aims to save the Earth through her pieces.
For example, her first collection was called “Moon Tears,” based on the poetic notion that silver is derived from the tears of the moon, looking sadly down on what’s happening on Earth, and her “Global Warning” collection, created in 2010, sent a message of anti-materialism, quite a rare statement in a former Communist state where ostentatious displays of wealth are often met with envy and approval, despite their ultimately devastating impact on the environment.
“People today are concerned about money too much,” she told Eluxe in this exclusive interview. “It seems like everything revolves around it. Unfortunately, living in a greed driven society, where money is all that matters we as artisans have to put price on what we do and that’s really sad, because some things are just priceless,” says Branka.
Last year, 2012 was undoubtedly the biggest year for Branka, as she added yet another collaboration to her already strong portfolio: she teamed up with Turkish jewellery designer Tuba Atman to create singularly mesmerizing pieces. Here, Branka focused on making lace structures from thin recycled silver wire, whilst Tuba added colours from her vivid imagination using glass enamel.
The stunning accessories which are mostly one of a kind, are all made of recycled gold and silver and sold on the ethical fashion website www.bastetnoir.com.
The unique creativity and outpouring of beauty and soul that Branka constantly implants in her collections make this young jewellery designer rate highly with many women, but her social messages and use of recycled materials rates her highly with us, too.