Helene Z. is a fine arts graduate and trained art teacher. After arriving in Canada from South Africa as a young adult, she started working as a jewelry sales representative for a fashion company. After a couple of years of working and learning the business, Helene Z. came up with creative and inventive ways of sourcing product lines. In the mid-1980s Helene went out on her own and created Clio-Oz, becoming an entrepreneur and pioneer in the fashion jewelry business. 35 years later she is selling fashion jewelry across the United States and Canada.
Currently her company Clio-Oz is run by her son David Z and other members of their family. They are a successful, small Canadian owned family business. As the landscape continues to change, David Z. and Clio-Oz hope to continue Helene's legacy for many generations to come.