Exquisite cook, prolific painter, constantly evolving jewelry designer –Ingrid Antoni is a source of boundless creativity and abundant energy. Now sole proprietor of her Aspen storefront, Ingrid Antoni Designs, her designs within reflect her deep communion with the splendors of nature.

Ingrid is first and foremost a naturalist, with Mother Nature as her muse. Born of Italian and German ancestry, she grew up on a farm in New Braunfels, Texas. Her father was a farmer and a sausage maker, while her mother turned the fresh crops into sumptuous meals for the family. Antoni soon developed her own exceptional style in the kitchen and cultivated her lifelong connection to the natural world.

Her artistic talents were a surprising discovery made by an insightful professor. While studying Botany and German Literature, at the University of Texas at Austin, she treated herself to a study break. In the summer of her junior year, she enrolled in a “just- for-fun” class: Art for Elementary Education majors. She explored paper mache and batik – after just a few classes, the professor took her aside to ask why exactly was she there? Her work displayed a true talent, and he told her to go out and take as many art classes as possible.

Antoni took more art classes, but she also stayed on course, eventually traveling to Germany for her Master’s in German Literature. She enrolled in another “just- for- fun” class, this time in jewelry design, only to discover a true passion. She returned to the US, just a few courses shy of her master’s, to follow her instincts and become an artist.

Her first port of call was Santa Fe. She made pottery, crafts, and jewelry, and sold her wares at various art fairs throughout the west. She consigned jewelry at a shop in Denver, about a ring a week, and prepared for a most receptive audience at the Laguna Gloria Fair in Austin. She earned $5000 in two days. Finally, she was able to open her first store on Canyon Road in Santa Fe, for $40 a month rent. It was 1970.

While the summers were booming in Santa Fe, winters were another story. Seeking a busier seasonal market, Antoni found herself in Aspen. She felt an immediate affinity to the town and its people, and set up both home and shop. Her business, Ingrid Antoni Designs, is Aspen’s longest continually operating jewelry store.

The designs of I. Antoni have an unmistakably organic quality. Rounded edges, natural stones, watermarked collars and caste pieces, individually shaped – as in nature, many pieces are one of a kind. She incorporates significant mementos of other women’s lives into her signature piece, the Peko Collar. Clients bring in bits of jewelry, family heirlooms and old charms, while Antoni transforms them into slides, or Pekos, to be added or subtracted to the collar for an ever-changing look. Antoni’s artistry results in a very personalized piece of jewelry, a keepsake to cherish for all time

The collaboration between jeweler and client, between artist and nature, makes for constant creativity in motion. Such is the life and work of Ingrid Antoni.

Create beautiful, individualized pekos for you new peko collar by recycling old, unworn jewelry pieces in your collection. The end result will truly be a one-of-a-kind masterpiece. No two peko collars are alike - and by recycling your old jewelry, your new collar becomes not only a beautiful piece, but a sentimental one - one you'll love to wear. You also have the flexibility to add and subtract pekos from the collar to match your mood and wardrobe.

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