Can you tell us about how you discovered you were good at jewelry making? Was it something you were always interested in?
I started making jewelry as a hobby while I was living in a warehouse in New York with a bunch of artists. I wanted [jewelry] I couldn’t find so I made it. My friends started buying pieces and eventually stylists were pulling it for shoots, etc. I realized I could make money off of doing something I love. I funded everything myself and modeled/acted to make money to make more jewelry.
Do you make all of you jewelry by hand? Can you tell us how you come up with design concepts
Yes, I make most of it by hand. Some things I find and alter, some things I design and make molds of. I honestly have no idea where I come up with the concepts.
A lot of celebs have been seen wearing your jewelry, who were most shocked to see wearing it?
I think Alicia Keys takes the cake and will forever. I remember one of the first weeks I had my website up in 2009, my friend was wearing my earlace earrings and a stylist got my info from her and called me up to pull them for Alicia’s shoot the next day. A few weeks later I walked in the magazine store in Union Square and they were on the cover of the last issue of Giant Magazine. I died. Kanye is next.