Jocelyn, the designer behind Unhada, and I met at JA New York - she was wearing the most incredible Art Nouveau inspired necklace that I later learned was her design. The collection is magical - from the gemstones to the color combinations, the designs are truly a modern take on antique designs. Get to know more about Jocelyn and Unhada below!
After meeting the Doyle sisters (of Doyle & Doyle) and being in awe of them, I started to frequent the trade shows and decided I wanted to sell antique jewelry with a degree from the GIA. So, I moved to Bangkok to study at the GIA there because I knew I would get a great education in colored stones. As I dove deeper into uncovering Bangkok's colored stone market, I felt a natural need to create settings homes for these stones. I went on to take the GIA design class and simply started selling jewelry. This was over 10 years ago!
Since I am first a writer, a story or theme seems to be the first part of the process. Then I go on to sketch out my ideas pertaining to the story I would like to tell. My inspirations are always very strong inside my head and I have a vision of a little world I'd like to portray, though with say my fringe necklaces, I usually find the stones and get excited about putting them together.
The sincere belief in fairy tales and magic, antique jewelry and Asia.
Favorite designs: Currently my 'Lady Pagoda' earrings and 'Mariani Fringe' necklace as I am in love with the scale and color combinations. Unhada's 'Star Machine' necklace and 'Bits' band are staples that feel timeless and are also my great loves.
Personal collection: My favorite pieces are an emerald ring I designed for my 30th birthday I call Absinthe, and my wedding ring from Doyle and Doyle in the toi moi style.
Daily jewels: There is one piece I never take off which is Unhada's 'Diadem' necklace. I worry I will have bad luck for some reason. As for rings, I decided when I got married I would get a series of rings because every time I wear them I have a lovely memory - so I rotate these (they include my toi moi ring, Karen Karch band, natural blue sapphire, etc) along with my 'Bits' band on my left hand paired with Unhada's First Knight ring, antique turquoise ring or Triple Talon ring.
Favorite artists and designers: I have always loved Monet and the peace he brings through his work. As for jewels, the greats blow me away like Lalique and Fouquet. When I think of modern day jewel designers Hanut Singh always comes to mind!
Currently listening to: Natalie Prass "Birds Of Prey"
Some of my very favorite designs are below, see more here.