Conversations with jewelry designers, providing an insider perspective into the designers' lives and minds, creating another avenue to connect with not only the jewelry, but the creators of said pieces.
joie de jewels (n):
Exuberant enjoyment of all that sparkles.
To this Tuscaloosa-based jewelry designers, her vintage coin pendants are the jewelry pieces that make her the happiest, “I like to imagine stories about where they went and who they belonged to! For instance, a Nigerian coin and what it was used to purchase.”
To this San Francisco-based fine jewelry designer, empower means “giving someone power or authority to do something. As a woman of color in the jewelry industry I hope to inspire and empower other women of color who want to be a part of this world.”
According to this Capetonian artist, "I like empowerment because it comes from within, you don’t have to study or get a degree to feel empowered. It is free for everyone to take on, it doesn’t cost them anything."
“Enjoying life and not taking yourself too seriously,” is how Kentucky native Brittany and co-founder of the Bay Area based husband and wife jewelry company defines joy.
Celebrating a year in business! Mirta feels strongest after overcoming an obstacle or conquering a fear.
The creative energy of the Bay Area motivated this Moscow native to start her own jewelry company.
"Not overthinking and trusting yourself," is how this LA-based jewelry designer defines confidence.
Empowered means independence and running your own business to this LA-based sister power duo.
According to this San Francisco-based jewelry designer, "Empowered means that confidence, intelligence and fierce determination are the only tools I need to achieve anything I set my mind too."
This New York-based fine jewelry power duo feels strongest when wearing rings and bold statement earrings.
The London-based fine jewelry designer, hailing from Belgium, is a trained goldsmith who firmly believes that in order to understand what is viable in jewelry design, you need to properly understand metal.
This San Sebastian-based third generation jeweler feels strongest when he is armed with this solitaire rings and surrounded by his husband.
Confidence to this Italian fine jewelry designer is an attitude towards life and how you feel about yourself.
The New York-based fine jewelry designer, hailing from Iran, feels strongest when she is surrounded by her family and her pinkies are armed with her rings.
Rings are this London-based fine jewelry designer's armor of choice, making her feel empowered and ready to take on whatever the world is going to throw at her.