For Audrius Krulis, art is his muse.
As the founder of an eponymous jewelry company, Audrius describes his creations as “sculptures on a microscopic scale.” He designs and handcrafts each piece, which are offered exclusively through his collection.
“Audrius finds inspiration in many forms,” says Karolis Krulis, Audrius’ son, who manages the photography and web design for his father’s company. “Part of it is the intrinsic nature of building something and seeing it come to life in front of you. The shape takes on its own soul and character, which fuels the creative process.”
Audrius, who is from Lithuania, founded his company in 2012. Graduating with a master’s in sculpture from Lithuania’s Vilnius Academy of Arts, Audrius immigrated to New York in 1993. He worked as a shop foreman for Alex Sepkus’ New York-based jewelry company for almost 20 years before pursuing his own creative vision.
Among the influences on Audrius’ vocation were his parents, graduates of the Vilnius Academy of Arts who taught art in Lithuania.
“Jewelry was simply an extension of a long history of art in the Krulis family,” Karolis says.
Now Audrius brings his designs to various international trade shows around the United States, including JCK Tucson — a gathering that features finished jewelry and loose gemstone collections — and JCK Las Vegas — a premier jewelry event open to domestic and international professionals. This year will be Audrius’ first experience at the American Made Show, a wholesale trade show in Washington, D.C. for products by studio artists from the U.S. and Canada.
“Wearing something of his is an intimate connection to the soul and imagination of an artist,” Karolis says. “It is as much a reflection of an individual’s taste as it is the craftsmanship of the artist, and so it is not just the jewelry that is unique, but the nature of the bond between art and collector.”
All Audrius’ pieces are made from 18-karat gold using precious and semiprecious stones. His collection features bracelets, rings, earrings, necklaces and pendants.
His best-selling pieces in the New York metropolitan area are long, beaded necklaces and bracelets, with rough diamonds and sapphires. Audrius’ whimsical, new take on classic center-stone rings has also been popular, especially with its use of brighter stones.
Says Karolis: “People are really loving a strong palette and have become more inclined to pick something that stands out.”
Audrius Krulis’ jewelry is available in 12 stores around the U.S. and Canada, including two Westchester County retailers — Royal Jewels of Rye, 56 Purchase St.; and Zalta’s Gallery, 90 E. Boston Post Road in Mamaroneck. All photographs courtesy Audrius Krulis. For more, visit audriuskrulis.com.