Our next guest in the "My Jewelry Memories" series is fellow jewelry designer Robin Reed. I love how passionate she is about her jewelry :)
PH: What was your favorite piece of jewelry when you were growing up? Why?
RR: I was not really attached to jewelry when I was little. it was not until I got to be about 16 that I started looking at jewelry as something special. That was the year I saw this cross that I just loved. I really loved big and chunky stuff so this cross was perfect. It was gold toned and had bright jewel toned crystals in it. It looked like something a queen would wear on her velvet gown holding court. I got the cross for Christmas as a gift and lost it about a week later helping someone out of a snowbank.
PH: What is your favorite piece of jewelry now? Why?
RR: I create jewelry now and every piece is special but I only keep a few pieces. Right now my favorite is a chunky strand of oddly shaped crystals and retro influenced beads that are in the blue shades.
PH: Who has influenced your jewelry tastes?
RR: People don't influence my jewelry choices as much as texture and what I am wearing like a specific shirt or outfit. Or what someone else is wearing. Like I could design a cool set of jewelry for someone based on who they are and what they are wearing.
PH: Do you have a favorite memory involving jewelry?
RR: My favorite memory would be when my then fiancee and I went in and sat down at a local jewelry where I live and found a simple sapphire and diamond yellow gold band. That was my ring!!!!! It was fun and simple and sweet! We have been married more than 28 years and I still have it and it is still My ring!!! I did get it rhodium plated a few months ago but I think I will let it go back when ever it does. I like it better without the rhodium.
PH: When you choose jewelry, what factors do you consider? (price, fashion, emotional ties, etc?)
RR: I don't choose jewelry, i make jewelry. If I need something to wear to match an outfit, I make one. I have been known to get up early and make a necklace and bracelet to match a shirt cause I wanted to wear it to work. That being said, I choose my stones and findings with an eye to specific designs, mostly chunky and earth tones. I also look for unusual and eye catching clasps and filler beads.
PH: What jewelry trends do you like? Hate?
RR: My favorite beads to use are jaspers and agates because they hold worlds of design and color in great configurations. i do not care for the sideways cross trend it does not show respect.
PH: If you could have any piece of jewelry in the world, what would it be?
RR: I would change the question to beads instead of jewelry and just say all the jasper and agates and other stones like tiger's eye and that type, that I could possibly get!!!
Thanks Robin for sharing with us! If you would like to share your jewelry memories with us, send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.