Hello and thank you for stopping by! I am Victoria (Vika) Bulgakova, the designer and maker of the jewelry you are seeing on this website.
I make all my pieces by hand, employing methods such as lost wax casting and fabricating directly in precious metals. Observing my own aesthetic response to the world and things around me prompts me to create a tangible manifestation of these experiences, translating them into precious metals and stones. The ultimate intention is to adorn the recipient with a piece of jewelry that becomes personal to her or him.
Commitment to the environment and fair labor compensation are some of my top priorities. So I repurpose all my materials and tools, avoid using harsh chemicals whenever possible (unfortunately, there is absolutely no way to totally eliminate them in jewelry making process), responsibly dispose of all my production waste, and ensure that all my materials were ethically sourced. I personally hand pick the stones for each piece I make and work with lapidary directly when the stone needs to be custom cut.
As for my background, I was born and raised in Ukraine, and moved to Brooklyn, New York in 1994. Before becoming a full time jewelry designer and craftsman, I worked as a classical piano teacher, paralegal, business analyst, and software development project manager. While I was able to find joy and satisfaction in each of these occupations, I ultimately found it most fulfilling to create wearable objects that delight those that wear them.
After completing Master of Fine Arts degree at Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2018, I decided to stay in Detroit and move my studio practice here.
If you have a particular design/concept in mind that you would like to bring to life (either for yourself or your loved one), I’ll be happy to work with you to bring your vision into reality. So, reach out and let’s talk!