In the process of jewelry design, Zlatarna Celje combines two worlds - the world of in-depth research and detailed planning, and the world of imagination and sensuality. Our team of designers successfully turn both worlds into an idea and then into a product.
Our designers use all their imagination when creating, but at the same time they leave nothing to chance. They are connected by a strong love of jewelry, many years of experience and an unstoppable desire to progress on both a personal and professional level. They recognize their mission in the design of modern and timeless jewelry, which is distinguished by the comfort of wearing and the artistic and technological perfection of the overall shape and details.
Désirée Kolarec is a jewelry designer and artist who took over the role of creative leader this year after nine years of collaboration with Zlatarna Celje. Her style and personality are reflected in pure and bold forms, and her artwork reflects her beliefs and desire for awareness. They are a mirror of society, critical but positive.
After studying industrial design at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Ljubljana, she perfected her knowledge and artistic expression at the University of Art and Design in Linz and a design residency in Hong Kong, and then completed an art master's degree at the Royal College of Art in London.
Olga Košica has been part of our design team for 14 years. She takes care of Lencia's silver jewelry series and gives it an artistic mark. Her style is recognizable by the motifs she draws from nature and architecture, and the jewelry is enriched with larger semi-precious stones that follow the guidelines of fashion and industrial design.
After studying textile and clothing design at the University of Natural Sciences and Engineering, she completed a master’s degree in art at London's Royal College of Art.
In her work, Zdenka Šamec paid the most attention to thoughtful details and followed the guideline that jewelry must be fashionable, but at the same time comfortable to wear. And although she retired at the end of 2019 after more than forty years of work, her creations will be available to all lovers of elegant jewelry for many years to come.
Designer Neja Kaligaro is co-creating gold jewelry collections at Zlatarna Celje. In her work, she is driven by boundless browsing through the universe of new ideas and tirelessly searching for the most sparkling ones. She designs shapes that follow the function, but always completes them with unexpected and sometimes even naughty details.
After completing her studies in industrial design at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Ljubljana, she switched to designing textiles and clothing at the University of Natural Sciences and Engineering.
Italian designer Claudio Gussini "Gus" wanted to emphasize the alluring female beauty with his unique fashion products and awaken in women the feelings of a gentle and strong ancient goddess. In his career, he designed for many prestigious fashion brands, such as Cartier and Reminescence Group, and has shared his knowledge at numerous trainings and exhibitions throughout Italy, Europe and the world.
Grega Likar said that he entered the world of glamor, precious stones and precious metals by coincidence, but stayed in it because this world combines his two passions: design and art. He adored the process of creating works of art because they challenged him, and at the same time he felt design freedom.
Petra Bole sought beauty in simple elements, so her way of designing jewelry, objects or interiors was also focused on simple and understandable solutions. She was of the opinion that the main task of jewelry is to make us more beautiful, interesting and noticeable, so her style was reflected in dynamic shapes and colored stones combined with silver.
Helena Umberger was known for her ambitious projects, such as the production of prestigious crowns for beauty contests, dean's and mayor's insignia and coins with portraits of famous Slovenian personalities. In designing jewelry, where she had more than 25 years of experience, she most often used modern geometric shapes, but also searched for historical themes.
Doris Schoeffel, who graduated in Austria, designed jewelry in Austria and Germany for more than ten years. At Zlatarna Celje she specialized in fashionable silver jewelry, and left her mark with larger and more prominent shapes and by combining silver with various materials. Her jewelry was always different, always special and always attractive.