An artist and an artisan, Anna Lorich Akers holds two degrees in art and design: an undergraduate degree from the Cleveland Institute Of Art, and a master's degree from the Rhode Island School Of Design. Before founding LORAK, Anna spent time working with some of the leading designers in the field.
Founded in 2009, LORAK Jewelry pieces are instantly distinguishable with Anna's feminine and modern take on an old world craft. Lorak’s style harkens inspiration from her loves of textiles, ancient Greco Roman and Egyptian artifacts, and the clean lines found in Scandinavian design. A creative expression fueled by her love of the craft, each piece has the goal of creating an incredibly special piece for our customers who value thoughtful design and fine craftsmanship.
Anna moved to Norfolk, Virginia from New York City in 2008 to be with her now husband. In 2013 the LORAK Jewelry shop was opened up in downtown Norfolk. This location houses both her in-house studio, as well as the showroom. While missing the bustle of the big city, Anna has grown to love her city by the sea and has become a downtown Norfolk staple.
With the desire to create beautiful and unique pieces for every budget and occasion, LORAK has several distinct collections. Working in brass, "vermeil" silver with a heavy gold plate, silver, and gold alloys, Anna employs a mix of traditional old world and modern jewelry techniques. She hand fabricates, carves, casts, and hand finishes each piece. Combined with her attention to detail while designing, each piece is specially made with a personal touch.
We believe in ethical sourcing and supporting socially and environmentally responsible suppliers. We strive to implement practices that meet our present needs without compromising the needs of future generations. Our diamonds and colored gemstones are handpicked to ensure that they are natural and ethically sourced. More than 85% of our gold is recycled and the majority of the balance comes from American gold mines.
Most LORAK pieces have our signature satin finish which we believe lets the design stand out without the glare pf a high polish. Over time the satin finish will buff up to a shine with the natural oils in the skin. We like this natural process of wear, but if you want to maintain a satin finish there are a few steps you can take.
If the piece is solid gold you can use a satin pumice powder to take the shine off at home. Contact the studio fo a satin finish home kit. For silver an Vermeil pieces, Tarnex solution can be used to brighten the metal and alleviate the metal from any tarnish it may have gotten. Dip the piece in or rub gently with a cotton swab being careful to have limited contact with any gemstones. Over time a Vermeil piece may start to wear away the gold plating, re-plating can be done for a nominal cost.
Our gold dipped brass collection (Samla Collection) should not need any cleaning. For longevity and best care store your jewelry in a cool dry spot, avoiding humidity will help fight tarnish.
With Anna's love and adoration for thoughtful design and craftsmanship, and a great respect and appreciation for independent designers, our showroom also hosts a small selection of curated goods from other designers.