KANAREK (f. 2013) is a fine jewelry company bringing language to the body in sophisticated, surprising ways. Striking a balance between playful and chic, KANAREK specializes in modern text jewelry that is both elegant and fun. For the sophisticate and the provocateur, KANAREK celebrates language in all its myriad, beautiful forms, from poetic verse to laundry lists.
Yael Kanarek is known in the New York art scene as a pioneer of net art. Her work has been shown widely, most recently as a participant in the US State Department’s Art in Embassies program. Yael’s ongoing interest in languages―spoken, written, and digital― has led her to consider the body as a site for expression. Her first piece of jewelry came from her ongoing net artwork World of Awe, specifically the first sentence of The Traveler’s love letters: I found the key to extreme beauty. Soon after, she partnered with Ori Kushnir and the signature trait of KANAREK was born: fine jewelry celebrating and bringing language to the body.
“The process of making language is so physical. We notate sounds as symbols and write them all over our planet and on ourselves. We note where we came from, what we imagine, and how to go places. And so language to us is a navigation system. Bringing words to the body introduces language in the most personal of spaces." —Yael Kanarek, artist & founder (2013)
Based in NYC, we design in a cozy studio space in industrial East Williamsburg and produce all of our jewelry in Manhattan with a small team of jewelers. Each collection starts with an infatuation with and inspiration from the source language. From there, we use 3D printing technology to design, render, and produce each piece. We’ve created unique text jewelry for over 4 years and are constantly inspired by current events and our clientele's visionary ideas for custom designs.
This is KANAREK. Because Words Matter.