Learn about Susan Geraghty Wheeler, jewelry designer and founder of the Chicago Responsible Jewelry Conference. Susan's fun interview is the first installment of our 6 1/2 Minute Blog series, highlighting CJDG members.
Dancer. Writer. Photographer. Social media maven. Jewelry Designer. Seriously, is there anything Erika Winters can’t do? When I first met her, at the Vegas Gems Dinner for creative women in jewelry and media, she was a talented blogger who took beautiful photographs of jewelry. A year later in 2014, she launched Erika Winters Fine Jewelry. Take one look at her collection and you’ll see she’s found her calling. Innovation in jewelry is hard but innovation in bridal? That’s insanely difficult. Erika’s collection of engagement rings and wedding bands already has the kind of coherent aesthetic and meticulous execution that you could spend a lifetime developing. I talked to her in the run-up to Couture, where she’s exhibiting in the CDJG booth Salon 137, about life and jewelry.
As I was driving to Deleuse Jewelers in Fairfax, CA, I felt as if I were going back in time a bit – to an era of a close-knit community with tons of local shops, and not a chain store in sight. (How refreshing!) Upon meeting the charming Janet Deleuse, she described the area as being a sort of like Mayberry, and I can see why they chose to move back here, to their original location, where they first opened their doors 35 years ago.
Welcome to CJDG In the Kitchen!
We have noticed that many jewelry designers are foodies. This may be because many of them travel frequently and are able to sample food from different places. Or it might be that the creativity carries over into their kitchens. No matter, browse a designer’s personal social media posts and you will find a lot of posts about food!