New York, NY
Inspiration : Travel, versatility, unusally cut gemstones
What you should know : Elena Kriegner spent her childhood in the Austrian country village of Winklpoint, which had about 10 houses and where "the streets had no name.” Although no one there had or wore jewelry the entrepreneurial Elena wasn’t phased and at age 6 declared to her family: "I want to be a jewelry maker.“
Whether she is in her native Austria, sailing in the Caribbean, or digging for special gemstones in New York's diamond
district, Elena Kriegner is always looking for something different.
"I knew that I wasn't suited for traditional jewelry. I have my own ideas about jewelry and how to express myself.”