Meet The Maker: Questions and Solutions with Andrea Rokosz on the Military of Rokosz

How has your design style evolved over the years?

It’s been a massive move from where I started to where I am now. I started with a line of silver that was inexpensive to manufacture and much less complicated to manufacture. I was very lucky with this line – it seemed to instantly satisfy a need for people, and I gained a really cool following.

How I Moved to High Quality Jewelry: A man asked me to make a custom engagement ring for his girlfriend who loved my jewelry, and at the same time my best friend got engaged and asked me to make her ring! It was pretty amazing (though intimidating at the time) to be able to create my best friend’s engagement ring with my first engagement client ever.

I posted the first two on Instagram and people immediately came to me to do their engagement rings. I was blown away, it is so meaningful to make these milestone rings for people.

You need so much knowledge to make high quality jewelry (and to do it well). But I had a lot of people around me who would help answer questions or offer their expertise. Plus, I’m such a nerd and I love learning new things. I research endlessly and saturate myself with knowledge until I am completely sure what I am doing. Once you have confidence in your expertise, you can do whatever you want and there are no limits to your designs!

Where do you get your inspiration from? How do you come up with new designs?

I’m inspired by so many things – vintage furniture design, architecture, and my surroundings in Vancouver – it inspires me endlessly to live in a city that is bordered by both mountains and oceans. My family and I spend a lot of time outdoors and nature is a bottomless source for design ideas.

Back then, when I had more free time, I visualized new ideas while meditating in float tanks – I did this regularly when I started working with fine jewelry.

And sometimes I wake up from a dream with new ideas for a piece. But mostly my customers let me inspire. People come to me with a story about their partner or themselves, and designs only come to me based on that story. Even a picture of a partner can trigger ideas for me.

How did you come up with the name Army of Rokosz? Is there a special meaning?

Rokosz (like Hocus Pocus) is my last name. We have so many children in my family (there are five of us) that we are like a small army of rocoszes.

There was also this 17th century rebellion, the Rokosz Rebellion, which I think is a cool connection. This rebellious undertone really ties in with the mood in my jewelry.

I am simplifying and changing my name to “Rokosz” in January, which reflects my style development and feels more connected to my current aesthetic.

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