It’s All About the Angles with Janis Kerman

Geometry finally makes sense to me when I look at Janis Kerman’s designs!  There is something so clean and neat about her work that really appeals to my sense (and maybe desire for!) order and structure.  Her asymmetrical earrings, like the ones in this picture, are some of my favorites.  I love the fact that she says “it’s the balance, not the symmetry” when it comes to design. I think of that as a corollary to “jewelry pieces should coordinate, not be matchy-matchy”.  The other thing  that Janis is a master at is taking older jewelry pieces  (a.k.a. the things that you’re not wearing and are just sitting in a drawer somewhere — but you don’t have the heart to give away) and creating something brand new from it.  This is the necklace she made for me a couple of years ago from some necklaces and earrings that I had.

Ellen Pearls BACK

One of the things that is so rewarding is to hear a customer who has a “repurposed” piece of jewelry from Janis tell us how much she loves it — both because of how it looks, as well as because it enables her to wear things that have sentimental meaning but haven’t seen the light of day in years.  This is a great time of year to go through your jewelry box (you know, it’s that spring cleaning thing!) and see if there aren’t some pieces that you’re not totally ready to part with but that you aren’t wearing.  And, as you can tell from the earrings in the picture above, it doesn’t matter if you don’t have matching stones.

If you’d like to spend some time with Janis so that she can sketch some designs for you, please give us a call so that we can schedule an appointment.  In addition to the custom design work, there will be plenty of Janis’ finished jewelry to look at that you might want to make your own too.  The trunk show and custom design event runs Thursday and Friday, May 12 and 13, from 10am – 7pm, and Saturday, May 14 from 10am-5pm.

 


From the Bench: Meet Jennifer Dawes

Well now, it’s been quite a while since we’ve posted a “From the Bench” designer profile and that’s not good!  We’re going to ramp this section of our blog a bit going forward and, to start things off, we’re focusing on Jennifer Dawes, the designer of Dawes Design jewelry.  Our friends at Indesign.Jewelry are making it easy for us to bring you some inside info about Jennifer’s approach to design, as they recently conducted this great Q&A with her.  It was SO great, that there is a follow-up interview too!

One of the things I like the most about Jennifer and her jewelry is that she has a definite point of view — a point of view on what she wants to create, how she wants to create it and how she wants to run her business.  We’ve gone from carrying more of Jennifer’s “everyday” jewelry to carrying more of her bridal rings like the ones in the picture above.  Moving forward, you’ll be seeing more of the everyday gemstone collections in the store.  In the meantime, I hope that you’ll take a look at these interviews and enjoy getting to know one of our designers a little bit better!