Given Andrea Lipsky-Karasz’s favorite childhood pastime—playing with her grandmother’s jewelry-making tools—you’d think launching her own line of Art Deco-inspired pieces would be a no-brainer. But it wasn’t quite that simple. “I always knew that I wanted to make things, but I wasn’t totally sure what form that would take,” says the Brooklyn native. “I originally studied to be a writer at Wesleyan but interned for a jeweler after school and realized that was what I needed to be.” Soon after, Andrea nabbed a spot running production for up-and-comer Erica Weiner and swapped out her pencils for a soldering iron.
But storytelling is still a huge part of what makes her line so special—especially when it comes to weaving in her personal history. Tilda Biehn, which launched in 2014, takes its name from Andrea’s great-grandmother, an Austro-Hungarian dancer and artist during the late 1800s, and she hammers her swooping, gem-tipped earrings and intricate chain-linked rings at her grandmother’s bench, with the very same implements she once used for make-believe. As she explains it, “It’s been important for me to have this journey of discovery—the women of my family left behind so many objects but were still sort of mysteries to me.” That same obsession with familial artifacts also leads her to play faves when it comes to creating new pieces. “The first place my mind goes when I have a new idea is always a ring. Once you’ve gotten on somebody’s hand, you’re there forever.” —neha kulsh