I had a wonderfully long career in book publishing before I became a jeweler. Working with books fueled my love of story and that love of creating narratives deeply influences my own approach to making jewelry. Each of my pieces has its own discreet tale about something special, whether an experience, a place, or a person.
My fine jewelry collection launched in fall 2013 and it represents my love affair with the things that delight and inspire me. Flowers, the beach, art, and Buddhist architecture are my biggest sources of inspiration and my jewelry represents the joy I feel whenever I encounter these things. My love for understated elegance underscores my designs and I strive to create luxurious pieces that are effortless, timeless and as comfortable as your favorite cashmere sweater.Wax carving, found-object casting, and traditional metalsmithing are the techniques I use to create my jewelry. All of my cast and hand-fabricated pieces are made with recycled, reclaimed, or Fair Mined™ precious metals and I use ethically sourced diamonds and colored gemstones so that you look and feel great every time you wear my jewelry.
I am honored to have won an UncommonGoods Jewelry Design Challenge in September 2013, the same month I debuted my fine jewelry collection, and to have been a Martha Stewart American Made 2015 Style Finalist.
I’ve studied jewelry making since 2001 and have taken classes at 92Y, Jewelry Arts Institute, S.V.A., Brooklyn Metal Works, and Studio Jewelers. In 2013 I earned my AAS Degree (Summa Cum Laude) in Jewelry Design from F.I.T. and I still take classes whenever I can. I also enjoy mentoring students and speaking at professional organizations and universities about career change and design entrepreneurship. I am a proud member of American Craft Council (ACC), CJDG (Contemporary Jewelry Design Group), Ethical Metalsmiths, and WJA, where I serve as Secretary on the board of the New York Metro chapter.
Contact: Judi Powers