A special jewellery brand that has been high on our radar for a while, Balinese-based label Anna Beck was founded by Becky Hosmer in 2003. Hosmer is an avid collector with over 10 years of experience in jewellery design, and takes inspiration from her extensive travels across South East Asia. Her love for travel lead her to Bali, where she instantly fell in love with the island; the culture, the people and the artisans.
At first, Hosner’s designs were created as a personal collection which later extended exclusively to her family and friends. Now, the business has evolved into something much bigger, and Anna Beck is stocked worldwide. Hosner’s aim has always been to create jewellery that made women feel beautiful, she commented: “My goal is for each person wearing Anna Beck to connect with the essence of Bali; which is about balance, love and connection. I believe we all deserve that.”
Most women are initially drawn to Anna Beck’s pieces, not only for their magpie-appeal, but also the clear intricate work that has gone into creating each design. Once you dig a little deeper into the exquisite craftsmanship and special history of each piece, the jewellery transitions from lustful-impulse-buy to jewellery box must-have. Each design is handmade in Bali by skilled artisans using traditional Balinese techniques and can take up to three days to make a single piece.
Many of Anna Beck pieces are circular, resemblant of how life can bring things full circle and connect back up again. The intricate native metal work techniques have an ancient look, yet with a modern twist - each technique is performed by a different silversmith who is an expert in that chosen technique. After the creation of each jewellery, in the spirit of local tradition, each piece is blessed with a Balinese offering of love and gratitude.
Anna Beck has almost 100 silversmiths working with them in Bali, but only one who does the hammering, which is extremely specialized. A plate of silver is shaped and then the smith must hit it with the perfect pressure to achieve the correct shape and indentation. Once hammered, the plate is bent into its final shape, and ready to be transformed into a finished piece.