Stelios Paraskevas, a Norwalk, Connecticut-based artist, is known throughout the area and beyond for winding, weaving, braiding and crocheting copper wire into one-of-a-kind pieces of jewelry. Born in Cyprus, Paraskevas developed a loved for working with copper thanks to the abundance of the metal available in his country. “Copper is a wonderful material to work with. It’s soft and easy to bend in shapes, yet when plated, it gets hard. Electroplating provides a multitude of colors, ranging from copper to bronze to gold to silver and many other striking hues. Plating also prevents the materials from tarnishing or changing color over time.” Paraskevas creates exquisite ear, neck, wrist and waist adornments.
Often working seven days a week, all of his jewelry is handmade from ordinary wire of various gauges in circular or flattened form using simple tools such as rollers, hammers, pliers, tweezers and a soldering iron. “I love my work. I love working with my hands and my mind,” he says. “I love to make new designs with copper — compared with other metals it’s more satisfying and not expensive. That helps to keep my work enjoyable and my products more affordable.” Stelios’ design philosophy is to keep it simple. “I’m using a pure, warm, natural metal for simple designs that complement and enhance those who wear them. Besides, simplicity sells.” He and his wife, Carol, run the Norwalk, Connecticut-based business called Stelios, Inc.