I was never a big fan of jewelery made out of copper. It looked for me too heavy and too raw, but things changed, once I have been introduced to Polish brand Okopana (Eye of God).
It was a blast! Marvelous rings with natural stones, many earrings with great shapes like leaves truly stole my heart. But what was even more fascinating, was the story behind this brand. Sometimes just one minor event can totally change your life!
Thomas, who is an owner of Okopana brand, told me that the idea of making copper jewelery happened to him totally by chance. During a church renovation in his hometown a piece of copper fell down from the roof straight under his legs. Since Thomas does not belive in coincidences but rather the sights, he decided to take this piece of copper and treat it as a sort of destiny. Few days later, when he was doing dreadlocks for his friend, she asked him to mark one of them. Thomas used a piece of copper he found and made a small ring. Since that moment he felt a desire to create more pieces like this.
Majority of inspirations (shapes of jewelery) came in Thomas dreams. He always keeps next to his bed a small notebook with little lamp, in order to write his ideas. What I definitely like about Thomas jewelery are the stones he uses. They came from all around the world, but majority of them have been found in Madagascar, Brasil Mongolia or Tibet.
There is another great thing about Okopna jewelery, many pieces are suitable for men! Especially rings and necklaces with massive pendants.