New York City. March 31, 2020. Austrian-born designer transplant to Manhattan Elena Kriegner and her sister Herta are sheltering in place from their Midtown home, but that doesn’t mean they are sitting idle. Knowing many artists are already donating to the No Kid Hungry cause, the two decided to create a semi-custom piece with a third of proceeds benefiting a different charity that stomps out hunger—Feeding America.
“We want to do something relevant in response to the COVID-19 virus,” explain the duo. “We are not qualified to help in a hospital, we don’t have large amounts of money to donate, and we cannot drive supplies to people in need. However, we can continue doing what we do best while finding a way to help others.”
The result of this mission is the Together necklace, a sterling silver triangle and intersecting circle featuring a trio of laser-engraved words selected by the purchaser. Since casters are closed, Elena is hand-fabricating each piece from wire and sheet metal from her home studio, where she also has a laser engraver. A Together charm is also available.
“The Together necklace stands for love, appreciation, friendship, compassion, and that we care for others in unusually trying times,” Elena adds. “This is an example of jewelers doing what they do best to support people in need and the economy.”
Though the pair just debuted the piece yesterday, they have already gotten a dozen orders. Necklaces and charms retail for $150.
Reach Elena at email@example.com or 646-752-9300. Also check out the making of the pieces on social media, where you can virtually visit the studio on Instagram at @elenakriegner.
Engravable Together charm in sterling silver, $150; available online at Elena Kriegner
Engravable Together necklace in sterling silver, $150; available online at Elena Kriegner
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