My dear friend Rebecca introduced me to Anabel Higgins jewelry. I love her designs because she adds such beautiful detail to antique pieces. There is a passion behind her line and her story is inspirational. Get to know Annie in a short interview below.
How did you get started?
I have always been an avid antique furniture and jewelry collector, even when I practiced law! My aesthetic fuses the classicism of vintage with modern metals and handmade craftsmanship. Three years ago, I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer and was searching for something to heal my soul. My Mentor, Corina Madilian of Single Stone in San Marino, noticed one of my vintage sporting medals. She said, "you should design jewelry". My gut reaction was "yes"! So outside my comfort zone, I jumped into design and love it.
"English and French 18th and 19th Century paintings, landscapes, and jewelry. The late great French interior designer, Madeleine Castaig and VCA vintage pieces from the 1960s."
"I read, read and read, training my eye. Gardens, Vintage Jewelry, Architecture, Fashion, Flowers - all sorts of color combinations lead me in the creative process."
And yes, Annie loves to collect vintage jewelry.
I had to ask which pieces were her favorites, and yes, I realize it's an incredibly hard question.
"Hmm. That is tantamount to asking me who is my favorite child!! You have backed me into a corner. My favorite AHJ Piece: The 18k yellow gold and Diamond Elizabeth Pendant, as it was the first piece I designed. My new favorite antique piece: Drop diamond and emerald earring from my husband because I am a May baby."
When Annie isn't designing she likes to hunt for antiques, baby her Springer Spaniel pup and host Sunday dinners with her family. All things I love as well.
"Wow, there are so many great contemporary jewelry designers. I adore Kentshire, VC+A, Single Stone, Irene Neuwirth and on and on."
My favorite painters include John Singer Sargent, Diebehorn , Morris Louis, California early 20th Century plein air landscape artists and English 18th Century Miniature portrait painters. (To name a few!)"
Currently listening to:
"Joni Mitchell's Blue Album, Credence Clear Water Revival, and vintage Motown. "
"Pride & Prejudice, Far From the Madding Crowd, The Painted Veil and Portrait of a Lady"