One of the cool things about this series is the opportunity to hear from a wide variety of people, including jewelry designers. Today, we are talking with Catherine Shattuck of Victorian Rose Boutique about her jewelry memories.
PH: What was your favorite piece of jewelry when you were growing up? Why?
CS: When I was a teen, I remember going to a bead store and picking out beads to make some hippie jewelry with. So I strung a couple of necklaces with those first beads. Haha! I would say that's when my interest in beading began even though I didn't bead continuously at the time.
PH: What is your favorite piece of jewelry now? Why?
CS: My fave piece of jewelry now is my wedding ring set because my husband, the love of my life, gave it to me.
PH: Who has influenced your jewelry tastes?
CS: Currently my taste in jewelry has gravitated towards Victorian/vintage inspired pieces. I was already leaning in that direction but a friend and jewelry designer, Brenda Sue Lansdowne, who's very knowledgeable about vintage pieces, has given impetus to my choice. Hi Brenda! LOL!!
PH: Do you have a favorite memory involving jewelry?
CS: One of my favorite memories regarding jewelry was when my best friend and I went to a local jewelry store and I was able to pick out my first gold and sapphire ring. It was a reward to myself for a reason I choose not to disclose. But that was about 25 yrs. ago and I still have that ring and wear it all the time.
PH: When you choose jewelry, what factors do you consider? (price, fashion, emotional ties, etc?)
CS: I rarely buy jewelry anymore because if I need something, I just make my own. The only recent pieces I picked up was a lovely necklace with a pendant watch on it that a fellow jewelry artist and friend made. And the same with a bracelet I purchased; another artist made that as well. Otherwise, I make my own.
PH: What jewelry trends do you like? Hate?
CS: I like the Gatsby trend and I dislike the geometric stuff. Sorry to all you geometric fans out there. LOL!!
PH: If you could have any piece of jewelry in the world, what would it be?
CS: Christy Friesen's polymer clay GORGEOUS Peacock Necklace!
Thanks Catherine! I enjoyed hearing what you had to say about your jewelry. :)
If you are interested in sharing your jewelry memories, send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. I would love to share your story as well!