Hello and thank you for stopping by! Delighted to v-meet you. I am Victoria (Vika) Bulgakova, the creator of Vika B. Studio jewelry.
I was born and raised in Ukraine, and moved to New York in 1994. Before becoming a full time jewelry designer and craftsman, I worked as a classical piano teacher, paralegal, business analyst, and software development project manager.
I designed and made all my pieces by hand in Brooklyn, employing methods such as lost wax casting. In September 2016, I moved my studio practice to Bloomfield Hills, Michigan to work on MFA in Jewelry and Metalsmithing at Cranbrook Academy of Art.
The inspiration for my designs comes from the organic shapes, colors, and textures I find in nature as well as from music, dance, photography, and poetry. Exploring my own feelings and emotions prompts me to translate these experiences into precious metals and stones with intention to adorn the recipient with a piece of jewelry that conveys the vitality, authenticity, and sensuality present in every life form and becomes personal to her or him.
I often envision my designs as tangible manifestation of a musical composition or a poem.
Commitment to the environment and fair labor compensation are some of my top priorities. So I repurpose all my materials and tools, avoid using harsh chemicals whenever possible (unfortunately, there is absolutely no way to totally eliminate them in jewelry making process), recycle all my production waste, and ensure that all my materials were responsibly sourced. I personally hand pick the stones for each piece I make and work with lapidary directly when the stone needs to be custom cut.
Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions. If you have a particular design/concept in mind that you would like to bring to life (either for yourself or your loved one), I’ll be happy to work with you to manifest your vision into reality. So, reach out and let’s talk!