On U Jewelry
A Note From the Artist, Donna Silvestri:
On U was founded in 1989 as a side line to my fashion stylist career in New York's Fashion District. I would hand-sew bracelets every day during my commute to, and from, work. At the time, we lived in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. My husband, Greg and I would work until late at night at an old card table. It was the only thing in our dining room. It's all we needed.
Way back when, the On U line featured early watch piece broaches and hand-sewn bracelets and earrings made with antique, vintage and Bakelite buttons. There's a few out there still... with hand-sewn on u tags in them. My jewelry was carried by Iconic retailers like Barneys New York, Barneys Japan, Bloomingdales and ABC Carpet & Home.
I find inspiration for my designs in everything I do... Maybe because it's all I do... (sort of). I love taking a little bit of something and creating a 'look' from it. It's totally rewarding.
My jewelry is distinctive because of the hand-knotting and hand-crochet. I learned to crochet from my Γιαγιά when I was little. And honestly, it really helped me to excel as a textile designer. My pieces often feature vintage, glass and semi-precious beads. Then I love to add ancient-to-vintage findings... such as buttons, trinkets, claws, mati, amulets, coins... That I've traveled the world to find and I bring them all together in my pieces. It is really what I love to do!