Johanna, originally from Sweden, leaves her home country in 1987 to travel the world and lives for a short period in Australia, the UK and Mexico. She decides to study South and Central American archaeology at the university of London, UCL. During her studies of the Maya culture her passion for ancient jewelry and precious stones develops and she specializes with The Gemmological Association of Great Britain obtaining her Gemmology and Diamond Diploma (FGA,DGA). She starts her career as a gemologist with some of the best known antique jewelers in London. In 2003 she leaves the UK to live in Matera, Southern Italy.
After her Fine Arts degree in Bari, in south of Italy, italian Elisa decides to specialize in goldsmithery in Florence. Here she tries to follow her passion for art and sculpture, translating it into jewellery. She opens her own studio in Matera in 2006 where she was creating pieces mainly in silver.
Matera, the city of the “Sassi”, situated in the beautiful region of Basilicata in southern Italy , becomes Johanna’s and Elisa’s meeting point, the north meets the south.
They get to know eachother, they like eachother, they choose eachother, and finding in eachother a new vision of the art of jewellery making.
Here the artisan skills and the magic hands of Elisa intertwine with Johanna’s feel for design and passion for stones.