Franki & Felix is a company that is trend-focused and future driven in it's approach to jewellery design and style. We design and handmake, stunning gold-plated and sterling silver 925 rings, pendants, bangles, cuffs, earrings, pendants and chains, for both men and women that are crafted using ancient silversmithing and casting techniques. Head designer Vanessa ('Franki' to her customers), is inspired by the natural world and finds.... and uniquely combines, fluid shapes, textures and gemstones, to create modern jewellery that lasts the tests of time.
How did Franki & Felix start?
In 2014, Vanessa and her then business partner, created a jewellery school on the island of Bali, Indonesia, teaching visiting tourists, ancient silversmithing techniques in combination with modern jewellery settings. It was a niche school, as it hosted people with no experience, offering them not only a creative outlet, but a tropical setting second to none.
By 2018, with several accolades under their belt from Trip Advisor and Indonesian Expat, press newsagency NineMsn Travel called it "The best thing to do on holiday in Bali" and KLM Airlines writers wrote "One of the growing green businesses in Bali to watch." In 2019, things started to hot up, with inquiries from Chanel Hong Kong to do private classes and then the dream meeting for Vanessa to start building her charm factory, to focus on a creative journey for visitors.
Award Winning - Aussie girls on a silver course
The School Dream Team
Student work - 1 day workshop
Student work - 1/2 day workshop
In November 2019, Vanessa did a shoot on her premises, for her premier collection 'Labyrinth,' hoping to market her line of ocean-inspired jewellery, that would be sold in her shop, based in the Bali studio and online.
At the beginning of March 2020, with family worried about the state of the world, she made a trip to UK, hoping to combine her stay with a sales trip to London to find stockists, but Covid-19 had other plans and changed her life forever.
Photographing on site
Locked out of Bali, with only a suitcase of summer clothes and living in a box room, it was hard to see the future. Her close friends in Bali and Australia, kept her going with meditation sessions everyday and zoom calls and with help from family, new found friends, social media and video platforms and some starter capital from Kickstarter, she literally started her life again.
She boarded up the school in Bali, adopted out her dogs and continued to keep her staff in jobs and supporting their families, while trying to get the new venture off the ground. Her brand 'Franki Ryker' made it to the UK and online and gained 106% funding from Kickstarter! There were silver linings in her playbook!
Today, renamed 'Franki + Felix' to include gender inclusive designs, the business is bright and vibrant with big plans and with British and Balinese women at the helm, steering it in the right direction as it grows, from it's making roots founded in Bali to it's retail future brought to the UK.
Vanessa's designs use luxurious, naturally white Keshi and seed pearls, from family-owned pearl farms in the North of Bali and from Lombok, hand-picked by the Bali studio family, to match the unique settings (read about them here). The sparkly gemstones, are from Jaipur, India and jaspers are from Indonesia, forging the hand-crafted elegance, that has become synonymous with the brand.
The UPS of the brand is to "offer beautifully handmade, naturally inspired jewellery with a story that is affordable and pretty to wear."
Welcome to the stunning and creatively unique world of Franki & Felix Jewellery.