Rachel Rafaelian is the Designer for Vintage 66 by Alex and Ani, she’s also Carolyn Rafaelian’s niece. Alex and Ani jewelers are running in the family!

Check out what inspires Rachel every day, some of her favorite pieces and other tidbits!

I am – the Designer of Vintage Sixty-Six by Alex and Ani, at Alex and Ani

I’ve been working at Alex and Ani for – 8 years

My most inspiring quote is – “Everything Happens for a Reason”

Gypsy by Fleetwood Mac , or American Girl by Tom Petty, or Stairway to Heaven by Led Zeppelin – have been on repeat lately

My style is – Vintage Rocker, with a lot of Bohemian Girly

My favorite movie of all time is – Dirty Dancing

One of my most cherished memories includes – Sitting with my grandfather learning how to solder, and bringing all my designs to him and my aunt Carolyn to see what they liked when I was a little girl.

My favorite thing about Alex and Ani is – the positive energy that we spread through our jewelry. I love hearing the stories that people share with me.

Today I am spreading positive energy through – Making jewelry that inspires others to spread positive energy.

I am inspired by – the styles and good vibes of the 60s. The sixties were all about expressing yourself and being empowered.  Feeling empowered and free to me is all about wearing jewelry that expresses you’re your feeling in that

Right now, I’m wearing – the Gypsy 66 wrap, the Marley wrap in turquoise, the Kingston wrap, the Fleetwood wrap, the Evening Mist wrap, set of 7 Alex and Ani Expandables in Russian Gold, the new Conch Shell bangle, the Jordan beaded bangle and also a set of 5 sterling silver bangles and my initial, and birthstone today.

I love Alex and Ani because – I love the jewelry we are creating, I love the message our jewelry has, eco-friendly and Made in the USA. What I love about my line is that it’s made using vintage components for the 60’s and 70’s and that it has the same philosophy in using recycled metals, and made in the USA.

My all-time favorite Alex and Ani piece is –  the Gypsy 66 wrap, or the Demi Necklace


PS — Rachel was named one of Providence Business News’ 40 Under Forty 2011 winners! Congratulations, Rachel! xo

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