“I always thought I would be a painter, but everything changed when I was a teenager and held a power tool for the first time—there was such a physicality and strength. I instantly switched to sculpture,” says Jovana Djuric, who was born in Serbia, moved to NYC for school, and never left.
Once she drilled down, Jovana started playing with scale, studying jewelry at FIT and eventually landing a role as a senior accessories designer for Givenchy. But even with that super-cool gig, she couldn’t fight the urge to make something completely her own, and, in 2014, she unleashed a line of swooping, claw-like rings, earrings, and cuffs—substantial pieces that stood out amidst the piles of delicate chains and stones she was seeing everywhere. “I was overwhelmed by the clutter that I was seeing on everyone’s skin, and I wanted to clean it up,” Jovana explains. Just call her the KonMari of the ring world. —katie nave-freeman