Our next guest is the talented Staci Smith of Staci Louise Originals and Artisan Accents. I am LOVING this blog series! Each time I read through someone's answers, I am blown away. There are some really cool stories about their jewelry. Now, if I could just figure out how to see all of this fabulous jewelry for myself!!
PH: What was your favorite piece of jewelry when you were growing up? Why?
SS: This one really had me scratching my head. I don't think I had a favorite. I really thought about this, and I did have quite a bit of jewelry growing up (yeah, I got the bug early). I couldn't however, pick a favorite really. I had a pair of moonstone earrings that were silver, with the moonstone set among vines....I did love those...but I was older then. So I thought way back, and what I found was that I did love to root through my Mommom's jewelry- and she had a lot!!!!! I loved trying on her rings, and looking at all her sparkly pins. I just loved her (she's been gone now 8 years). She always wore jewelry. She was home most days, babysitting us, and she would still always have a beautiful necklace one, maybe a bracelet or a new ring. I never really thought about it before, but I wonder if her love of jewelry, and my love of her, and my love of jewelry, are no so coincidental.
PH: What is your favorite piece of jewelry now? Why?
SS: That one is really hard. I think every new piece I make is a favorite, for awhile. I guess I'd have to say it my sea glass charm necklace. Its silver, and it goes with everything, so I find myself wearing it often, and through the years, it has not gone out of rotation. Plus, I can wear it at the beach and all- since it's sterling silver and sea glass. It's more of a practical reason then emotional.
PH: Who has influenced your jewelry tastes?
SS: Well, I love my jewelry wild and wearable. I'd have to say it was Art. All kinds of it! My mom took me to art and craft shows all the time, and from the time I was young, I loved the art and the ARTISAN JEWLERY!!! So I think that influenced me the most, because I was exposed to jewelry that was different, in a setting with other art, and so, it was art to me from early on, and it was ok that it wasn't your typical gemstones set in gold stuff.
PH: Do you have a favorite memory involving jewelry?
SS: I would have to say again, it was those times when my Mommom would let me route through her jewelry and try things on. I think I loved those times more then she knew.
PH: When you choose jewelry, what factors do you consider? (price, fashion, emotional ties, etc?)
SS: Composition is important to me. I look for things that are asymmetrical, dramatic, but still have balance. It has to have wow factor and it has to be BIG. It also has to be comfortable, durable and wearable.
PH: What jewelry trends do you like? Hate?
SS: I think trends have an important place in jewelry, just as they do in fashion. Not sure if there are any I particularly hate, but I do love when I see a trend, and then see artists do it, but with their own interpretation of it. When they take what everyone else is doing, and then do it in a way that no one has seen. I think trends can be great challenges to designers, and really help them to grow in new areas.
PH: If you could have any piece of jewelry in the world, what would it be?
SS: Oh man, that's a hard one. I'd like to own a Calder......either that, or something with history- something tribal, that was forged by hand, and worn by many, that represents the people who made it and loved it.
Thank you Staci for sharing your memories with us. :)
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!