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Visiting Arnhem?

Arnhem is a hidden gem in the Netherlands. Situated halfway between Amsterdam and Dusseldorf, on the riverbank of the Nederrijn, it’s easy to reach by train, car or boat. With a rich history and beautiful green surroundings, Arnhem fills with life day and night. A small city that has it all: cute cafes and pubs, rooftop bars and cozy wine bars, Michelin star restaurants and local bakeries, specialty shops and big chains, fashion and interior design studios, superb parks and museums, it’s all there to explore by foot!

Shopping in Arnhem? Visit the 7 Straatjes!

The 7 Straatjes is as “gezellig” as it gets in Arnhem! Right in the heart of the city and just off the main streets, situated between the Ketelstraat, the Koningstraat, the Bakerstraat and the Eusebius church is where you’ll find the cutest shops, cafes and restaurants. Fi Atelier is since 2016 situated in Zwanenstraat 6 in the 7 straatjes. We are Arnhem’s best kept secret!

What is Fi?

I’m Eleana F. and I’m the owner and jewelry designer at Fi Atelier. In 2014 I opened my jewelry shop, Filadelfeos Fine & Decorative Arts in the centre of Arnhem. A few years later I simplified the name to Fi Atelier: easier to pronounce! 😉 Fi is also an echo to the great mathematician and scientist Fibonacci and to the Golden Ratio (φ = fi). You can now find my atelier and jewelry shop at Zwanenstraat 6 in the picturesque 7straatjes, where the full collection is on display. You can browse freely and try on earrings, necklaces, rings and bracelets. Almost everything can be adjusted in size or length according to your needs, often on the spot. Here on our webshop, a selection of pieces from the current collection are available. These can also be adjusted, just leave a note on checkout or contact us!

I also post recently finished pieces on Facebook and Instagram. Drop us a message if you want to order one of these pieces. Warning: they usually go fast, so be quick!

Why jewelry?

I like to work with silver, bronze, brass, natural gemstones and pearls. I worked for many years in the diamond jewelry industry and in the museum and art world, which I enjoyed greatly and learned a lot from. I collect antique crystal and silver, I love rocks and gemstones and of course all kinds of jewelry. This is my passion: small decorative and ornamental objects that I love to discover, upgrade, restore or create. I pass many hours at my workbench: On any given week there will be hours spent researching, designing, observing, organizing my thoughts and experimenting with new ideas. Then there will be lots of sawing, filing, hammering, soldering and polishing metal, often accompanied by lavish amounts of cursing. After that, the delicate procedure of selecting stones and finishing the piece of jewelry. How rewarding! On occasion I’m not happy with the outcome. Then the piece is dismantled and the work resumes again from the beginning… a long, but necessary process!

What is important in creating jewelry?

But creating something beautiful does not come at any cost. What challenges me is the sustainability and ethical factor in my work. I am constantly alert and cautious. I ask myself: how can I create something with a minimal amount of waste? can I do something by hand instead of using electrical equipment? how can I manipulate a material’s natural physical properties to alter its appearance, instead of using chemicals? can I re-use broken tools or instruments in a different way? can I revive a piece of jewelry that appears to be unwanted? can I fix a piece that is obsolete? how can I work in the most efficient and sustainable way possible? in 200 years, will my piece of jewelry still be wearable, or at least repairable?

Why do we love jewelry?

Jewelry embellishes us, but it is also a small piece of who we are. A piece doesn’t have to be expensive to be loved. Jewelry can also be cheap but colorful, outdated but chic, fake but fabulous, small but unusual. Above all, the jewelry that we wear tells a story: your story. How? It captures fragments of the important moments in our lives in a small shiny object that fits in our palm. Perhaps your grandmother once handed you over her favorite brooch; maybe your high school sweetheart or your husband offered you a ring; in all likelihood your best friend once got you a necklace; possibly you rocked that silver cross earring George Michael wore in the 90’s; and most certainly you’ve awarded yourself earrings to celebrate a personal success, at least once! 

So if you want to know your mother, sister, daughter or best friend in depth, ask them to see their jewelry box. Sit with them and let them share their memories and feelings about every piece. Chances are, moments like these will bring you closer and you’ll have something together to remember forever. Be part of their story, create a memory together!

My advice to all my customers: Wear whatever makes you happy and enjoy every piece. Buy jewelry that means something to you. You can start right now, right here.

Love,

Eleana