Alexis Bittar is described as "one of the greatest jewelry designers of the 21st century." Alexis started selling his hand-carved Lucite and gemstone creations on the streets of New York before quickly being discovered by the fashion world.
The Amani collection is named after the Swahili word for "peace". During Alexis' journey to Kenya and Amani ya Juu, an organization that empowers and equips women to live with dignity, purpose and peace, he learned of the symbol Nkyinkyim, which translates literally to “twisting”. The design of Nkyinkyim depicts the twists and turns of life’s journey. The Amani pieces are inspired by East African art and symbolism, and by the twisting and turning sculptures of Alexander Calder.