After over a decade of working in the finance industry, Sarah Kosta decided to pursue her lifelong dream of becoming a goldsmith, as well as a jewellery designer. In 2010 she founded her own eponymous brand. Here are 10 things you need to know about Sarah Kosta.
Jewellery changed Sarah's life
After 12 years of working in finance, one day Sarah decided she wanted to study to be a goldsmith. “I did it more as a hobby, not to find a new career path. I was 40 years old and was happy with my job, but wanted to do something different in my free time. I’d always loved gemstones and metals and I was curious about that world.” After two months of studying, she realised jewellery was her true passion and turned it into her career. “I always say it was love at first sight. Being a jewellery designer and goldsmith has given a different meaning to my life.”
Sarah’s jewellery is crafted entirely by hand in her hometown of Montevideo
“I am a goldsmith so I create all the pieces alongside one artisan who works for me. We both craft every piece by hand. Even the smallest of details is done by hand. We do all steps of the process, that means we melt our own metals, we every stone by hand, we create every design. It's traditional fine jewellery making.”
"Being a jewellery designer and goldsmith has given a different meaning to my life."
As a self-confessed perfectionist, Sarah always strives to fulfil her customer’s dreams
“I'm a perfectionist, I only work with the best metals and natural gemstones and I always try to give to my customer the best I have. I love to have challenges and to create new and unique pieces. Imagination has no limits. I work hard and my best reward is to make true the piece of jewellery that my customer has in mind. I want to fulfil their dreams.”
Her gems are sourced from all the corners of the world
“All my gems come from the best places you can find them: crystals from Switzerland, mother of pearl carved by hand in India, many Brazilian gems lapidated in Switzerland. I have many one-of-a-kind stones that are treasures to me. Unique gems that are difficult to find. I also work with Uruguayan stones: amethyst, quartz, agate. I love gemstones and in general, all my pieces have gems.”
"All my gems come from the best places you can find them: crystals from Switzerland, mother of pearl carved by hand in India."
She had a happy childhood growing up in Uruguay
“I had a very happy childhood, growing up in a big family in Montevideo, Uruguay, a small country in South America between giants Brazil and Argentina. I’m the oldest of four siblings. My best memories are with my parents. Every Sunday my mum would cook lunch for all of us and then one of my brothers and me would go with my father to the Parque Rodó which is a small amusement park here in Montevideo and we would spend hours playing on the go-karts. For us, Sundays were a day to be with the family.”
Her 80-year-old mentor passed his passion for gemstones onto Sarah
Sarah leant from the best teachers in Uruguay and amongst these she had one mentor who was particularly special to her. “He has passed away now, but he would give me classes when he was 80 years old. He was my gemstone lapidary mentor. He loved gems, he taught me everything about raw crystals, how to look at them, how to “understand” them. He was very passionate and he passed that passion on that to me. He had worked all his life with stones and would tell you so many things about a crystal just by looking at it. We developed an amazing bond and I still remember him as my best mentor.”
"I want my jewels to be inherited from one generation to the other, so I make timeless pieces that last."
Her jewellery has emotional value
“For me it’s not just about selling a piece, I love when I see the happiness in my customers’ eyes. You know that you gave them what they wanted. I want my jewels to be inherited from one generation to the other, so I make timeless pieces that last. I love when the jewel has an emotional value. When it evokes memories. It is a transcendental approach. That is a big value to me. To create a genuine jewel that one day can be worn by a mother and tomorrow by her daughter.”
"My creative process is visceral. I get inspired while working with the metals and the gems, in the process of creating the piece."
Inspiration comes when she’s working with her jewellery
“My creative process is visceral. I get inspired while working with the metals and the gems, in the process of creating the piece. Of course, for every new collection there is a period of investigation where we seek for references, but much of my inspirations comes from being at my studio in front of all my materials.”
Closing the 46th Bangkok Jewelry Fair was one of the most unique and fulfilling experiences
“It was a very special moment and I was blessed to be chosen to close this prestigious event. Speaking in front of an Asian audience that knew a lot about jewellery was a challenge for me, but it was a very fulfilling experience. During the trip, they took me to meet the royal goldsmith who was crafting an exquisite bracelet for more than one year; it was amazing to see this artist creating this magical piece of jewellery.”
International expansion is on the horizon
“My brand has grown a lot, but now we’re in a moment of international expansion and it’s the right time for us to grow beyond Latin America. My team and I have worked very hard to make this possible. I have an entrepreneurial spirit and I want my pieces to be an object of desire internationally. I’m proud of what we have achieved, but also hope that Sarah Kosta can be known worldwide.”