Colombian born designer Claudia Pieschacon, always attracted to the art of jewelry, and loving to work with her hands decided in 2007 to put all her efforts, talent, and creativity to self-train as a jeweler. Having graduated from the New York School of Interior Design in New York City with a background in painting and sculpture, Pieschacon’s foundation was strong yet open for new undertakings. The birth of Cleo Jewels began as she started modeling all her jewelry with a resin/clay material and semi-precious stones. Her designs got the attention of big retailers such as Anthropologie, Nordstrom, Harvey Nichols Dubai, Calypso St. Barth, BNG Turkey, and many small boutiques within the United States and abroad. Eventually she felt the need to go one step further by translating her jewelry into metal, still using the clay to hand create each prototype. Today she hand creates at the Pieschacon’s Florida studio and is well acclaimed throughout the United States, Europe, Japan, Australia, the Middle East, and South America.
Which is most difficult: designing pieces or running a business? I would say, for me, it is definitely more difficult to run a business than designing. Designing is a natural process for me. The business part is something I had to learn based on a lot of experiences, and definitely this is not my favorite part of Cleo Jewels.
If you could describe Cleo, as a woman, how would you describe her? Are your jewels art or fashion? Cleo as a woman could be described as cosmopolitan, sophisticated, glamorous person with a fashion-forward mind.
What do you want to communicate within your pieces? And if they can talk, what would we hear? I would like to communicate with my pieces my love for art and design, and if they could talk you would hear, I am made with passion.
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