Paraskevi Polychronis Antonopoulos, known to her friends as Vivian, is an elaborate name for someone born and raised in America. She is a second-generation jeweler; her father, Paul (whose Greek name she also bears), taught her to be passionate about jewelry design work. Infused with her classical Greek heritage and ancient Orthodox faith, pieces of hers have graced runways and fashion magazines and have been worn and commissioned by actors, athletes, and major institutions domestically and around the world.
Formally trained in Jewelry Arts, Design and Goldsmithing at the Gemological Institute of America in Los Angeles and New York City, Vivian also holds a Bachelors of Science from the University of Wisconsin in Secondary Education, and a minor in Art History/Art Metals. Additionally she was trained at the famed Kulicke-Stark Academy of Jewelry Arts Institute in New York and interned at the Lalaounis workshop in Athens, Greece.
Initially seen and praised by New York’s 5th Avenue Gallery owner, Aaron Faber, who introduced Vivian’s work to publications like Elle, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Mademoiselle and Bride, her work is also showcased at art galleries, bridal and jewelry shows and countless charity events.
Vivian presently operates her retail jewelry business as President of Paul’s Jewelers Inc., located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin along with her successful on-line site. She designs, buys and appraises precious pieces for customers from all walks of life.
Vivian’s work has celebrated the likes of Olympic Diver, Christina Loukas, Miss Wisconsin USA, Alexandra Wehrley, TV personality Jenni Pulos, rapper/songster So Tiri and His Eminence, Archbishop Demetrios of North and South America among many others. Her custom designs have recently been placed at the newly appointed National Hellenic Museum in Chicago, Illinois.
Married to Peter Limberatos, he and Vivian live in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and have two children Apollon and Paraskevi.