The Double Baroque Pearl Necklace is such a special piece. Could you tell us a bit about the inspiration and process behind this design?
This is one of those pieces that is really inspired by the materials. I love baroque pearls in general because they remind me of the beauty of imperfection. The wabi-sabi way of looking at things is something that really resonates with me, in its embrace of natural imperfection and constant change, but personally I've always struggled with perfectionism.
The Double Baroque Necklace is like a 'double down' on the beauty of imperfection! Each pearl is one of a kind, has taken its own path to forming, has grown into its own individual shape, and each one is beautiful and imperfect in its own right. When you wear it, it has a wonderful weight and presence, it feels good in your hand and is a great converstion piece, on its own or layered.
I read that your love for jewelry was partly inspired by your grandmother! Could you tell us about some of the pieces you remember her wearing?
My grandmother was very charming, engaging and elegant, and she loved collecting eye-catching necklaces with large beads, fun chunky bangles and cocktail rings with juicy gemstones. She had a few precious pieces, but most of it was really great constume jewelry. The thing I remember most is her style, and how important it was for her to finish off her look with a beautiful piece of jewelry.
She had a jewelry armoire that was as tall as I was as a young girl, and each drawer held different treasures. I remember her getting ready for work, church, or for a friend coming over to visit, and sometimes she would let me go into that jewelry box and pull out which pieces she wanted to wear that day. She never wore a lot of makeup, just red lipstick, a touch of rouge, and a spritz of her favorite fragrance (the legendary Samsara by Guerlain) but she always chose her jewelry with love and joy, and her polished style left an impression on everyone she met.