Let’s face it, there’s a lot of jewelry out there. Standing out from the crowd yet remaining relevant can be difficult for a jewelry designer. There seems to be some secret formula that some have mastered to achieve the perfect balance between novelty and iconic, couture and wearability. Nadia and Nancy Koch, the duo behind Nach Jewellery, have achieved this balance. Their expertly crafted line of porcelain jewelry is both whimsical and classic. At Nach the jewelry connoisseur will find rings sporting snails, horse heads complete with manes, lions, dogs, and more. Tiny pieces of citrus and bananas, and detailed flowers dangle from necklaces. Here, Nadia answers our questions.
When did your interest in creating jewelry start?
My sister and I have always loved fashion and especially fashion accessories. Since a couple of years we were keen to create something new, together, in that field. One year ago we launched our own jewelry brand, Nach.
Nach is the association of the first two letters of our first names (Nancy and Nadia) and the last two letters of our last name (Koch). Luckily, the meaning of Nach in the various languages is so far always positive according to our customers!
Where do you find inspiration?
Nach is above all a story about animals. Actually, we sometimes wonder if we chose them or if they chose us! From a designer standpoint, the animals are great subjects and a real source of inspiration: the species, the shape, the posture, the color, the fur or feathers, the offspring, are part of the many graphic elements we can play with in our creations. And there are still many beautiful animals to turn into outstanding jewelry!
What made you want to create porcelain jewelry instead of typical porcelain products?
Our father has been into the porcelain miniatures’ creation for more than 30 years. We therefore grew up in this world, and have used this know-how to design our own jewelry. In that regards, porcelain of course makes all the difference as it magnifies the fineness of the details, gives a very soft touch, and also ensures that the piece will stay as it is forever. Designing jewelry as we do is more technically challenging than typical porcelain products, but it is far more rewarding in terms of pure creation – and creation is what makes our hearts beat.
Do you wear your own designs?
Yes, of course! Our friends and family are doing so too.
Why did you want to create your own business instead of designing for another company?
The idea was to launch something together. We are two sisters, Nancy, who is more creative, is the designer and Nadia, who is more in the business, manages all the company. We are complementing each other very well. This is what makes us strong! Create our own brand was an evidence for us.
How does the process of jewelry design effect what you choose to wear?
The jewelry is a key accessory of an outfit. It will highlight what you are wearing and will complete your style. We always match our jewelry with what we’re wearing. You can have a basic outfit but the jewelry can make it look quite different!
What were you wearing when you were 13?
My mustard yellow velvet dungarees, pretty stylish indeed!
What kind of clothes have you most excited for fall?
A little black leather dress.
Which recent purchase are you most excited about?
My cats’ eyes glasses from Tom Ford.
What is your favorite place in the world?
My bed, where I always feel good and peaceful… I’d just like sometimes to have more time to enjoy it!
Which Nach piece is calling your name?