What do you feel like the role of jewellery is today for the person who wears it?
My customers are definitely the ones who are mindful of environmental impact, which makes them appreciate what we do here and support what we do. That’s number one. And the clients who do come to us, have a very clear idea of what they want. The most things I do here are simple and classic but with something a little different to it, and I think that’s what they like about the pieces, and what they are gravitating towards.
Your pieces feel so timeless but so modern.
That’s pretty much my approach to how I want to design. A very modern approach but with pieces that you can pass down for generations. It is 18kt gold, quality diamonds, and we put a lot of thought and time into making each piece by hand. I want them to withstand the test of time and live on forever.
Maybe we can talk a bit about your stones, because your cuts are quite unique?
Organically, it evolved from traditional round brilliance cuts to working one-on-one with clients to use unique cuts. I did start out with trilliant cut diamonds as one of my bridal pieces, and that got a lot of traction. I placed two triangles up and down. I guess, it is just the graphic side of me, I wanted to explore. There are so many unique beautiful diamond cuts out there, and I wanted to really showcase them. That’s where my idea of floating diamonds came about, really bringing out the essence and true beauty of the cut of the stones and really highlighting that in a unique way.
It must be quite amazing designing engagement rings knowing what meaning it carries for people?
It is my favourite part and also a huge honour because they are including me in such an important process of their lives and for me to be able to be part of that journey, there’s nothing better than that.
You are now based in Los Angeles and making all jewellery locally in downtown Los Angeles. What’s life like there? It must be quite different from New York City?
Definitely. I was actually born and raised here. After having kids, I wanted to be closer to home. I lived in New York for 13 years, and then decided to move back home to be closer with family. Los Angeles definitely changed a lot since I left. It has become a different world out here. It’s only been going on two years now, and it is kind of cool, coming back home and still experiencing a new environment. In many ways, it is very inspiring, and I am still learning and adapting to this new place, which is also my hometown. But new. It has been fun.