My name is Alexandra Nieto, and I’m the designer behind SOMMI. After working for several years in the design field as an Art Director and Graphic Designer, I decided to pursue my dream of becoming a jewelry designer. In 2012, I began taking classes at the Maitland Arts Center where I learned the basics of jewelry fabrication. At the same time, I taught myself how to carve wax for jewelry making by carefully following the steps in books and experimenting on my own.
Each of my jewelry pieces begins with a pencil sketch which I translate by hand into wax, using ancient and modern wax carving techniques. The carved wax is then cast in materials such as sterling silver, bronze and 14K gold. I work every day from my home studio in Orlando, Florida.
My first collection, launched on July 22nd (2014), is inspired by textile patterns, as well as art and architecture from ancient civilizations. When I started the design process, I was immediately drawn to geometric shapes, interesting angles and tribal elements. This collection has 20 pieces showcasing a mix of tribal, bohemian and edgy jewelry.
“For the girls with messy hair and thirsty hearts.”
When I came across this quote, I felt an immediate connection. To me, it represented the kind of women I wanted to design jewelry for. Women who are dreamers at heart and find themselves constantly searching for exciting and fulfilling life experiences. Who travel and explore the world and who enjoy building friendships with dreamers alike.
That’s why the name SOMMI was a great fit for this concept. It comes from the Latin word “Sommium” which means “dream,” but more than a “dream,” it represents the idea of being a dreamer. SOMMI’s goal is to design and create jewelry catered to these dreamers – youthful women who are smart, creative, confident, free and adventurous.