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Erika Winters Designer
Erika’s collections are built on her passion for fresh and exquisitely crafted jewelry. Her designs feature thoughtful revivals of Old World forms that have been re-imagined for 21st-century women.
With a background in the performing arts, Erika derives inspiration from dance, movement, and theatre. These art forms continue to inform her jewelry designs, as she draws an appreciation of delicate lines and movement from dance and an appreciation for the nuances of lighting—and the impact of a grand entrance—from theatre. Erika’s designs are all handcrafted in Seattle, Washington.
Jennifer Dawes Designer
Jennifer Dawes launched her collection Dawes Design in 2000 and has since evolved to become one of the main proponents of sustainably responsible jewelry while also creating pieces that are magical to wear. Each piece combines her love of ancient civilizations with what is happening right now in culture and design and is hand-made, fabricated and finished at her studio in rural Sonoma County, California. Dawes explains, “I try to let the material speak for itself. I strip the designs back to their essential components and in doing this they become very feminine, subtle and organic. I have built a consumer base that resonates with the simplicity of my work and are able to combine and collect styles from my different lines which express their own individual tastes, desires and lifestyles.”
Before launching the collection, Dawes attended a fine arts program with an emphasis in metalsmithing. “The moment I began touching and feeling metal, I had a profound understanding of what I wanted to do with my life,” she explains. “Learning how to manipulate this hard, shiny material was like magic to me and I have been passionate about it ever since. My hands have to physically manipulate and fabricate in order for the ideas to emerge out of the metal. It’s the physical aspect of the material that is so intriguing to me.”
Dawes evolution was two-fold and happened almost simultaneously. Originally the collection had a slightly geometric feeling to it, but the more confident Dawes became as a goldsmith, her pieces took on a more relaxed feeling with flowing shapes and silhouettes.
The second part of development was her rise to the forefront of the green movement in jewelry in 2005, around the time she had her first child. “Becoming a mother was the most meaningful and spiritual experience I have ever known. It changed the way I perceived the future and showed me how important it was to be committed to a socially and environmentally responsible lifestyle.” Since then, Dawes only uses recycled gold and responsibly mined stones wherever possible in her work. The company prides itself on making everything locally and sourcing using sustainable businesses that use recycled products.
Both the lines of the metal and the gems Dawes chooses: natural colored diamonds and sapphires; slices; pale opaque rosecut diamonds and polished rough cuts give her collection a natural beauty and bohemian elegance.
Dawes continues to gain both retail and consumer recognition and explains, “It is a priority for me to keep my work accessible to the public who truly appreciate it and for whom it resonates. It helps me realize that I am doing something of value—giving people a chance to feel like they are wearing something meaningful to them and that says a little about who they are.”
LilyEmme Jewelry Designer
Valerie Nethery is the jewelry designer behind LilyEmme Jewelry. She has spent most of her life in Seattle where the usually-cloudy skies have grown on her.
Her original plans were to work in wildlife ecology after she completed her degree in Environmental Science & Resource Management from the University of Washington, but she discovered jewelry by happenstance and shifted gears while still maintaining her love for the environment and finding ways to apply environmental responsibility to her jewelry line.
Today Val designs and creates jewelry in a beautifully renovated century-old, charming industrial building with high ceilings, exposed beams, and bright white walls. It’s crawling with greenery on the inside and flooded with natural light through the afternoons. It’s a wonderful place to work in.
Val lives with her husband and fur babies who include 2 kitties and her side-kick Omar, the coolest chihuahua you will ever meet.
P.S. In case you’re curious, the name LilyEmme comes from Valerie’s little sister’s name Lilyana Mireya. Lily was born at the same time that LilyEmme was created and the name just felt right.
Rebecca Overmann Designer
Influenced by natural forms and subtle movements, Rebecca Overmann creates jewelry that expresses clarity, simplicity and elegance. She studied jewelry design at Savannah College of Art & Design and launched her collection in 2000. She uses a mix of metals and sets each piece with raw, rose cut and fancy diamonds in subtle, natural hues. Her jewelry is hand-made in her San Francisco studio and all materials are sourced from reliable, responsible suppliers, incorporating recycled metals and conflict-free diamonds.
Vicente Agor Designer
Life 2.0 For Vicente Agor, these are words that are not only reflected in the design of his fine jewelry, they are also words reflected in his personal life. After nearly 20 successful years in the investment industry working as a marketing and sales executive with major banks and mutual fund companies, he began his career in jewelry design. The impetus for this significant career change began when Vicente had a kidney and pancreas transplant. This life change prompted him to reorient his entire being. “With this second chance at life, I just couldn’t do things in the same manner. I literally altered my life priorities and I started to focus on my passions.” This inner journey led to the creation of his jewelry company.
A self-described “visceral creative,” Vicente has taken his passion and cerated a line of beautiful and elegant jewelry that utilizes 18 karat gold, precious and colored gemstones. Drawing inspiration from personal memories and global travels his work bears the undeniable mark of the exotic with a fresh modern interpretation. His jewelry can be dramatic, at the same time it retains its personal appeal. His jewelry has a hand wrought look that is simultaneously raw and glamorous.
Vicente’s double transplant acts as a metaphor for his life. You can see this spirit of verve in his jewelry designs. His pieces speak to a “life is too short to be mousy” sensibility, and they complement the inner confidence that his customers project.
The muse for his jewelry is a mythical creation of an urban, confident, fashionable, open-minded and fabulous woman. A photo Vicente keeps of Audrey Hepburn gives voice to his mythos. Not the photo of the 1950’s ingenue, but a photo of Ms. Hepburn later in life. She was not playing a movie character, but rather this was the real woman in Africa working with UNICEF. The photo of this woman – strong, passionate, and accomplished – embodies the spirit of the woman who inspires and wears Vicente Agor fine jewelry.