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The Varnaya Rings- Sapphires, tsavorites and tourmalines.

I am so excited to talk about the inspiration and meaning of the Varnaya rings- they are truly one of the most popular designs from Anpé Atelier and are incredibly fun for me to create for my lovely customers. Anpé Atelier is all about color and my designs are focused on using vivacious gemstones such as, sapphires, tsavorites, tourmalines, spinels and more. The Varnaya rings are the perfect mix of gemstones in differing colors, shapes and sizes and are a true manifestation of the colorful Anpé brand.

There are Varnaya rings from the Classic Complexity Collection that are inspired by my own favourite color combinations, however I also create customized version of them as well. Many customized Varnaya’s are inspired by customer’s favorite colors, their birthstones, as well as specific stones representing family members. I love to see the outcome of customized designs because each one is completely different from the other, and simply cannot be recreated due to the uniqueness of each stone’s shape and color. These sapphire cluster rings are sure to become a staple piece in your fine jewellery collection, and something to keep for the rest of your life!

From the Classic Complexity Collection:

Varnaya Terima ring

18kt. yellow gold. Natural baby green tourmaline, natural unheated sapphires natural tsavorite

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Varnaya Bahu ring

18kt. yellow gold. Natural unheated pink, red and green sapphires with 1 VS diamond 

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Varnaya Taruva ring

18kt. yellow gold. Peach natural tourmaline, pink natural sapphire, orange natural sapphire, natural ruby, and a VS diamond 

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Varnaya Vatina ring

18kt. yellow gold. Natural unheated purple, pink, blue and green sapphires, VS1 diamond, natural tsavorite and a natural amethyst.

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See more Varnaya rings from the Classic Complexity collection here

Customized Varnaya rings:

Customized Varnaya rings are a great way to create a meaningful ring that represents your favorite color combinations, represent your family members with birthstones or anything else that inspires you! I am very hands on with the process, as I want to create your ideal, dream ring. I start off by discussing what design scheme you are interested in and then source the stones from my own collection and from gemstone traders. I then start to piece together the stones until you fall in love with a stone combination. Finally, your ring will be handmade and sent off to you to enjoy!

Here are some examples

Want to create your own Varnaya ring?

If you are looking to create your own Varnaya ring, I am more than happy to help! Contact me via email or Instagram to send any questions or ideas you have. I will respond and start looking for stones that would be of interest to you and start the sketching process. Have a look at the Bespoke page on the website, for any extra inspiration, or on the Varnaya page.

All About Anpé Atelier: How Do We Work?

Anpé Atelier Cph is a small, woman run business based in Copenhagen, Denmark. You can read more about my background and why I started Anpé here, but today I wanted to talk about how the business works. More specifically, how the bespoke process works, appointments and pop up meetings, as well as the delivery times, sustainablity and how our gems are sourced.

We are two women working in the Anpé Atelier showroom, which is located on Holbergsgade 26, just next to beautiful Nyhavn. It is me and my part-time marketing assistant, Poppy, who is from New York. Anpé is different from most brands, because we are quite small, but this is a blessing in disguise. Being a smaller business allows me to be more personal with my clients and allows for me to create the best fine jewellery experience possible.

Here is some more information and commonly asked questions that I can now answer for you:

The Bespoke Process:

Bespoke jewellery design makes up for a majority of my work at Anpé Atelier and I absolutely love it. Sketching new designs is one of the first things that got me crazy about jewellery in the first place.

The bespoke designs have a very personalised approach which customers seem to enjoy. Each inquiry I get about a customized piece I take very seriously, and I start off by discussing what that person is looking for, whether it be an engagement ring, a push present, a treat yourself ring, and more.

These are the general steps: Together, we source the perfect gemstone that fits your exact want. Next, I sketch the design you had in mind and we go back and forth and fix and add whatever you have in mind. Once you have chosen your design, it is sent out to be processed into a computer graphic design. After you approve, the design is sent to be handmade by our 4 goldsmiths in Sri Lanka.

Lastly, I will receive your piece from Sri Lanka, and I will send over a quick sneak peek just to make sure you 100% approve of it. Once approved by you, it is ready to be shipped off for you to cherish and enjoy! Here is a more detailed blog post on the process.

Appointments & Pop Up Meetings:

Appointments in the Showroom: Appointments can be booked in our showroom through Instagram DM, e-mail or phone. I am available throughout the week and on the weekends for meetings. You can expect to have all of the pieces from our collections, as well as the stock of gemstones we have, present for you to browse through. Together we can discuss your jewellery dreams and create the exact design you are thinking of.

Pop Up Meetings: I host pop up meetings in different cities abroad, where I travel with our Anpé stock to meet customers who can’t make it to Copenhagen. I always post time and place on our social media, and booking happens on a first come, first serve basis. If you know already now, that you want Anpé to come to your city, you can always e-mail me, and I’ll put you on a list to make sure you’ll know as the first, if we come to your city..

For pop up meetings, customers have to make an appointment, where again, we can have one on one time to talk about what you are looking for.

The reason I do it this way is so that I can give you my undivided attention and create an atmosphere where we can talk about the pieces, where you can try everything on with the amount of time you need. I always want to make sure I give my customers the best customer service and personalised experience, so that everyone can leave happy and satisfied.

Delivery Times:

Delivery times from Anpé Atelier vary from other businesses, this is because the pieces are handmade and one of a kind and produced for the individual customer. We have three different ranges, all of which have differing delivery times.

The Classic Complexity range: This range is handmade and all of the designs are completely unique. The designs can be recreated, however they will never look exactly the same as the first because larger sapphires and other gemstones are incredibly individual to one another. Delivery for this collection ranges from 5-10 days, if everything is in stock and in your size. We can have the ring changed to your size, however it might add on a few days.

The Scandinavian Simplicity range: The pieces in the Scandinavian Simplicity Collection is made per order – that means that when you place the order, we will create the specific piece for you. That usually takes 4-5 weeks. However, if you or you’re loved ones are a size 52-53, we often have one in stock in that size. 

Bespoke Designs: Every single piece of Anpé jewellery is open for customization as well as can be customized from scratch. Creating a customized piece can take time, as it all depends on how fast we can find the perfect gemstone for you. Please send an e-mail, if you’re looking to create a customized piece, because the delivery time varies greatly.

How We Source Gemstones:

I travelled to Sri Lanka before I started Anpé Atelier, and it was a truly life changing experience. It was the main inspiration for beginning a jewellery brand, and that is because I was introduced to the beautiful and colorful sapphires and other gemstones that are naturally sourced there.

I have formed a very close business relationship with gem traders and goldsmiths who I continue to work with and speak to every single day. It was important to me that I was working with people and companies that have a sustainable and fair mind set.

All of our gemstones are handpicked and comes directly from the mines. The gemstones are mainly from mines in Sri Lanka and Madagascar owned by our very close collaborator – in this way we secure that the gemstones are ethically mined and under good conditions for the people working there.

Sustainability:

Sustainability is not just a hot word we use for marketing purposes. It is truly something that we believe in.

What makes Anpé Atelier sustainable is that we are partial to slow fashion, which means we want to design things that people can wear for long periods of time, as opposed to just something you wear for a season and throw away.

Each item is made per order, and therefor, that means that there isn’t a huge pile of stock laying around. This ensures that there is no sense of overproduction or wasted resources, in terms of the jewellery, labor and transportation.

We work solely with solid gold and gemstones – this secures that the jewellery is of high quality and will never perish and can be passed on through generations.

Conflict Free Diamonds:

Some may not know this, but making sure your diamonds are conflict free is incredibly important. Conflict free diamonds are diamonds that is mined and shipped without connections to rebel or terror groups. These diamonds often originate in war torn areas, which horrendous working conditions for miners and are then illegally traded.

Conflict free diamonds are mined safely and follow a process that prevents any societal or environmental harm.

All diamonds used in Anpé Atelier designs are conflict free.

Custom Jewellery – The Process

Approximately 80 % of the jewellery, I create, is customized jewellery created for that one special person, who either wants to celebrate her or himself, wants to pop the big question or wishes to treat a loved one with a personalized piece of jewellery. I love creating bespoke pieces, as this allows me to be creative together with the customer and make a piece, that is made exactly from that persons dreams and wishes.

Are you looking to create a unique, custom piece for yourself or a loved one? Then here’s a short introduction to the customization process. 

Step 1 – Gemstone

First step is to pick the gemstone, you’ve always dreamt of in the perfect color, shape and cut. Start by letting me know your budget and what wishes you have regarding gem, size and color, and I’ll send you suggestions for beautiful gems. We have a beautiful stock of sapphires, tsavorites, tourmalines and spinels in our showroom, and on top of that we work closely together with our gem-supplier, who is sourcing specifically for your need as well.

Step 2 – Design 

Next step is discussing the design in which you want the gemstone set. We create designs completely from scratch and will sketch suggestions in hand for you based on your wishes. If you see an Anpé design, that you like, but wish to get it with a different stone, color, metal or want to add or delete few details to make the design your own, that is possible as well.

Step 3 – CAD and computer graphic

Once you’ve decided on a design, we will create a CAD and computer graphic for you, so that you have the absolute best way of visualizing the finished design, before saying “go”.

Step 4 – Production

Once you’ve proved the design based on the CAD and computer graphic, the creation of your special piece will start. Expect a delivery time of 4-6 weeks from approving the CAD to delivery of your bespoke jewellery.

If you’re interested in seeing examples of other customers customized jewellery pieces, you can click here. Soon you will be able to design your own ring by mixing and matching gemstones and designs directly on the Anpé website as well. Stay tuned <3

Meet Line – the head designer and founder of Anpé Atelier

 

Anpé Atelier was founded in 2017, and as you may have noticed, the brand is all about colors. The idea of founding a jewellery brand took its baby steps in 2015 after a travel to Sri Lanka, where I fell completely in love with Sri Lanka’s colorful take on life – the eminent colorful lifestyle from houses, spices and textiles to colorful temples, mosques, markets and nature.

Sri Lanka combines a casual lifestyle surrounded by a permanent colorsplash so amazing – and so different from Scandinavia, where I am born and raised.

And this was also where I really got to learn about one of Sri Lankas biggest and most beautiful trademarks and commodities: the colorful sapphires.

From lawyer to jewellery designer

However, it wasn’t really in the cards for me, that I would end up as a jewellery designer. I have a master in law and was admitted to the bar as a lawyer and worked as such for more than 7 years, before realizing it wasn’t the right path for me.

I have always had a creative nerve and spark, that couldn’t be invoked working as a lawyer – even though being a lawyer was never completely wrong, it wasn’t completely right either. Something was missing – something creative and colorful, but for so many years it was rather difficult for me to pinpoint, what exactly was missing.

I supplemented my lawyer-life with loads of creative elements, such as the most cosy and nice position as fashion editor at a small Danish magazine, running a fashion blog and always having a pipeline of creative projects running. But it wasn’t until I travelled to Sri Lanka, that I finally realised where to I should channel my inner creative nerd.

Sri Lankas colorful world of sapphires 

Seeing all these amazing sapphires and the wonderful colorful world that surrounded them, gave me an idea to somehow find a way to create something of my own. The meeting with Sri Lanka made a huge impact on me and gave me countless of inspirational thoughts and ideas, as well. I couldn’t really let go of the colorful world and the quirky color combinations. It was after this trip, and seeing the behind the scenes of the gem trade that I realized I wanted to start my own jewellery brand.

I’ve always had a passion for creativity, fashion and the creation of beautiful things – and I have a special love for Scandinavian simplistic design. So the idea of fusing the colorful and magical East with the clean and minimalistic lines of Scandinavia came to life, and Anpé Atelier was born.

I spent 2 years on designing and sketching on Anpé-styles and working as a lawyer full time, before I launched Anpé Atelier. Six months after launching the brand I quit my job as a lawyer, and I haven’t looked back ever since.

Anpé Atelier visions and love

Anpé Atelier is my biggest passion and the apple of my eye – I love being part of your big and small jewellery dreams, and it gives me the biggest joy and pride to be involved in some of the happiest moments of my customers lives.

Therefor I love working closely together with my customers to make their jewellery dreams come true. Every design can be created in a different color or gold material than displayed. I love customizations and bespoke pieces– whether it is from scratch or based on one of my existing designs.

One of my major focusses is to bring color into people’s lives – and in a sustainable, ethical way. Therefor I handpickall our bigger gemstones, where the majority come directly from the mines. The gemstones are mainly from mines in Sri Lanka and Madagascar owned by one of my very close collaborators – in this way I can secure, that the gemstones are ethically mined and under good conditions for the people working there.

You’re always welcome to contact me to order, customize or book a meeting <3

 

Written by Line Jacobsen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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