Rachel Rafaelian-Ajaj, head designer of Vintage Sixty-Six by Alex and Ani hails from a long lineage of jewelry designers and manufacturers. Rafaelian-Ajaj's designs and work aesthetic were originally inspired by her grandfather, Ralph Rafaelian, who opened the family's jewelry factory in 1966. Her collections incorporate castings, stones and jewels from molds that date back to the roots of the Rafaelian family. The success and accomplishments of her aunt, Carolyn Rafaelian, owner and designer of Alex and Ani, continue to motivate and drive Rafaelian-Ajaj's achievements.
Although distinctly different from her aunt's line, Rachel's signature retro-chic style stays true to Alex and Ani's eco-friendly philosophy. "I was meant to be born in the sixties," says Rafaelian-Ajaj, "I love pushing the boundaries and designing for the girl who isn't afraid to be a little bit rock 'n roll, while staying true to her femininity."