Being grown up in a goldsmith’s family Olga Kandaraki soon decided that she want to be involved in family’s business.
In 2000 she took her diploma in business administration and management of Economic University of Athens
One year later in 2001 she graduated first in her class from school LE ARTI ORAFE in Florence at the department of Jewelry design.
Since 1994 while studying at university, Olga started working in family business KANDARAKIS gold & silver workshop at the sales and marketing department.
At the same period she starts designing some silver objects that the company manufactures.
Returning from Florence she takes up the designing of the biggest part of the products.
Since 2003 until 2012 she teaches JEWELRY DESIGN (Architectural Design & Photo illustration with watercolor) at the private jewelry school MOKUME in Athens.
In period 2006-2012 she starts her cooperation with the ILIAS LALAOUNIS Jewellery Museum as a head leader of Designing Jewels seminars that the museum organizes.
In 2006 she also starts another activity; she creates her own space and starts welcoming her own clients. She starts producing her own jewelry collection out of gold and she gets specialized in custom made jewels.
From 2012 Olga and her sister Anastasia take up the administration of the family business KANDARAKIS (gold & silver workshop) while expanding the activities of the company. Some of the today’s activities are below.
- Custom made jewelry made out of gold or silver.
- Special made wedding and baptism bonbons and unique baptism crosses.
- Accessible jewelry in gold.
- Four jewelry collections out of silver and brass are out in market conquering all over Greece.
- Silver objects, business gifts, repairing silver and brass objects.
Final the creation of ANAMMA. The contemporary jewelry artist workshop which ANASTASIA KANDARAKI is the founder of it. ANAMMA is organizing jewelry seminars, artistic exhibitions and actions to highlight the creation that someone hides, through manufacturing jewelry, while jewelry is the mean of completion ideas and communication.
Olga along with her professional career she takes part in two international contests of designing Jewelry and in the MEDNETA project which was organized from National Technical University of Athens.
In 2002 she takes part in a contest with subject HOMMAGES 2003 on behalf of SIGNITY company and she wins.One of her designs was manufactured and exposed at VICENZA ORO in May 2003.
In 2007 she participates in a project called LE ARTI ORAFE by designing one collection of 15 jewelries in white gold 18k diamonds and topaz
In 2015 taking part in program MEDNETA (research program about developing historical centers and cities in Mediterranean area, with main goal to create cultural net about supporting applying arts and design) she designs two jewelries which are being manufactured in Palestine from MARYAM KAFESHEH in silver and traditional Palestine needlecraft. These jewelries were presented in "Weaving the sea" exhibition, which was organized from the program MEDNETA and took place on 24/11-5/12 2015 in Beirut.