About Floweredsky Designs
Sema Gurerk is a jewelry designer and entrepreneur from the beautiful city of Istanbul, Turkey.
I graduated from Istanbul Technical University with a degree in chemical engineering. After working for a time in my field, I decided to move to the United States to pursue an MBA in international trade. For six years I worked for a renowned sterling silver jewelry company in Rhode Island while I took classes in silversmithing at the Rhode Island School of Design, as well as private classes from a prominent goldsmith.
In 2006, I launched Floweredsky Designs. I exhibit in wholesale and retail shows. My work is also displayed in many galleries and boutiques nationwide.
I consider my culture to be a unique resource from which I draw inspiration. Growing up in one of the world’s most cosmopolitan and culturally authentic cities has enhanced my designs and technique. Istanbul is like a layered mosaic of cultural, historical, architectural and spiritual influences. They are interconnected and merged in harmony, just like the wire-wrapped gemstones in my unique pieces of jewelry. My jewelry line consists of delicate geometric designs rendered in sterling silver, gold-filled metals and gemstones.
Having a Mediterranean culture and coming from one the most metropolitan cities in the world gave me a different view of mixing easily my modern handcrafted hammered geometric shapes with old fashioned sparkled high quality gemstones.
My design ideas usually find first signs of life in my sketch papers, then I hand-form, file, hammer and polish the metal for my geometric shapes. I adorn these geometric shapes with faceted gemstones using wire wrapping methods.
I believe jewelry, like clothing, is an intimate expression of individuality. Both enhance the beauty and the spirit of the wearer. My jewelry designs reflect this vision and my style – minimalist with flair.
I currently live in Rhode Island with my muses – my daughter and my other half.