About Vasara

Vasara Jewellery was founded by Ilze Svarcs, a design jeweller living, working and studying in Melbourne, Australia. "Vasara" means "summer" in Latvian and Lithuanian and it means "hammer" in Finnish.

The word unites my two favourite activities: working at the jewellery bench and enjoying the outdoors. Summer is magic in Latvia with long, glorious days where daylight stretches to midnight. It’s my favourite time of year in Australia where nothing seems better than a campfire by a deserted beach or remote river.

My jewellery tells stories. The stories come from my Australian present or from my Latvian heritage, the rich traditions of which reach back to the Bronze Age. I work mainly in silver, but I like to incorporate a contrasting metal or a soft element like pearl, amber or wood.


Diploma of Engineering Gold and Silversmithing
Advanced Diploma Gold and Silversmithing


Craft Victoria
The Latvian Federation of Australia and New Zealand Inc

Voluntary Positions

Head of the Applied Arts Branch of the Latvian Federation of Australia and New Zealand (LAAJ Kultūras nodaļas lietišķās mākslas nozares vadītāja)

Chairperson of the Latvian Australian Applied Arts Foundation
(LTMF Latviešu tautas mākslas fonda vadītāja)

Teacher of Latvian and/or Jewellery, Australian Latvian Summer School

Never heard of Latvia?  Here's a good place to start

Inspiring websites

Craft Australia This was the national peak body representing Australian contemporary craft and design practice. But in 2011, in its 41st year of operation, Craft Australia was defunded by the Visual Arts Board (VAB) of the Australia Council for the Arts. Outrageous! But there is still great reference material
available here.

Latvju Raksti What do authenic Latvian folk costumes, textiles, furniture, jewellery etc look like? This link is all in Latvian, but the images speak for themselves. Click on the highlighted text for more detail. The wealth of Latvian folk art is amazing!