Our Story & How We Create
Greetings from Croatia,
We are family craft, based and working from the little village near Pula (Croatia), with almost 50 years of experience – specialized in making handmade traditional Croatian jewelry and authentically handmade souvenir gifts.
Our work has been recognized and rewarded with "Authentically Croatian" Certificate by Dubrovnik destination management, while we had our "brick and mortar" shop in Dubrovnik old town, and jewelry gallery in Istrian town Grožnjan- "the town of artists".
Due to ever-growing trend of shifting the jewelry market to online marketplaces, we have decided to move online.
We are now available on marketplaces specialized in handmade jewelry, as well as here, on our official WebShop.
Jewelry is made in authentic, traditional styles, as well as by incorporating traditional elements into current, modern jewelry trends.
Made with natural Mediterranean coral, freshwater pearl, and various natural gemstones, all of the jewelry is made of precious metals:
Mainly sterling silver and solid 14k gold, with only recent addition of jewelry made from gold-plated sterling silver.
There are separate shop sections for each type, and material is clearly specified in every listing.
Great care is taken to accurately represent each piece of jewelry to you. Our listings contain detailed description, with detailed measurements and close-up photos of the jewelry in question.
In this shop We can also offer the range of uniquely handmade Croatian souvenir gifts.
Made locally from natural materials such as the Istrian stone, ceramic, olivewood and Mediterranean coral – these souvenirs will not be just a reminder of your vacation in Croatia but also practical and of enduring value.
Due to their uniqueness, great care is taken to accurately represent each item.
We are always available to provide more info of any kind, so please be free to contact us.
With best regards
Dino with family
Processing of Mediterranean coral:
This is beautiful and very rewarding, yet meticulous, mostly manual time-consuming work.
As you can see on one of the about-us photos, coral-material from which the beads and branches are extracted, is very different in its natural form, from the final product.
Mediterranean coral is rare, very small in size, and due to the climate-changes, prone to coral diseases and parasites.
To be able to extract it from the sea, one has to have special, government issued license, with yearly-limits, as well as special diving equipment and diving experience, as it is located deeper and deeper every year.
After this, it takes skill and much time to process raw coral material into the jewelry-making material.
Branches are cleaned, cut, formed, and polished several times until they become suitable to make the jewelry out of them.
Because of all this, jewelry made from Mediterranean coral is unique and valuable.
All of the coral used in our jewelry is manually processed and not chemically treated in order to enhance its surface smoothness and color.
Coral branches that we have on offer are either fine polished to high-gloss finish or polished to satin finish for closer to natural surface look.
Visit our croatian.jewelry blog page for a complete insight into the jewelry making process