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a tour of my jewelry box on refinery 29

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Refinery 29 did a big article on the jewelry boxes of LA jewelry designers and i was honored to be included! here’s the feature with interview questions and photos of my personal jewelry collection…

There are a whole lot of eye-catching things floating around L.A.’s fashion scene that have our tails wagging of late, and local jewelry designers are certainly contributing to a large portion of that. Every time we spot one of the accessory industry’s elite at an event, they’re bedecked in pieces so posh it’s enough to spark an Entrapment-style heist!

Well, enough admiring from afar. We cut to the chase and asked 13 of L.A.’s most creative ladies to pop open their jewelry boxes for an intimate glimpse of what’s floating their bauble boats. Of course, for them, this space isn’t just a regular old curio container, but rather a think tank and home to their deepest inspirations. Whether it’s a family heirloom, an Hermès cuff, or Silly Bandz, these gals take their trinkets seriously. Ready to swoon? Take our tour and you’ll see that these gem dens are anything but square. (And if anything’s missing, we swear it wasn’t us.)

Kate Albrecht of Mr. Kate

Describe your design aesthetic in five words or less.
“Organic, whimsical, fun, textured, unexpected.”

Where do you find the most inspiration for your designs?
“For the last couple of collections, I’ve been inspired by ancient jewelry — I love things to look like re-imagined antiquities. I also look to nature for textures and proportions. Turkish and Native American jewelry have always fascinated me. I also adore rhinestones and vintage pieces from the ’40s. I love combing flea markets like the Melrose Trading Post and the Rose Bowl for ideas. I’m inspired by a carefree L.A. style where you pile on a variety of jewelry with a vintage tee and cut-off shorts. Self expression, individuality, and freedom are my ultimate inspirations.”

What’s your most prized possession in your jewelry box, and why?
“A tanzanite and diamond ring that my parents gave me when I was 15. It was a thank you gift for helping my sister after a car accident.”

Where did you purchase the box itself?
“The large box was a hand-me-down. I also have a jewelry tree that was a DIY using sticks, twine, and a glass jug from Ross.”

Where are your favorite places to pick up gems in L.A. and online?
“I love thrift stores and flea markets. The National Council of Jewish Women thrift stores around town often have fun watches and chunky necklaces to pick up for pretty great prices. Online, I love to support Etsy artists. Some favorites are Tinahdee for beautifully simple hammered rings and Moon Raven Designs has some radical organic and bone-inspired pieces. Then there’s always Not Just a Label for some serious art jewelry pieces.”

Photographed by Lani Trock

read the full article here!

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