Union Diamond is excited to introduce you to our new designer jewelry line…Kathryn Q Designs! In keeping on trend with all things sparkly, we were very impressed with this unique line of pendants, bracelets and earrings. We love the multitude of colors and the organic feel of this fun, modern line and are thrilled to add it to our collection!
Keep Kathyrn Q in mind as you plan for bridesmaid jewelry; your girls will swoon over a Kathyrn Q set of earrings or necklace for your big day and will welcome it to their everyday collection! Start dropping hints for the gift-giving season! And of course, a holiday party wouldn’t be complete without a new sparkly accessory.
Tell us a little about you and your company.
I am a GIA Graduate Gemologist so have always been interested in gemstones and jewelry. I’ve worked in jewelry stores for close to a decade and my company began about two years ago when I made earrings as my Bridesmaid’s gifts. My boss at the time saw them, loved them, and suggested I make a few more and put them in the case to see if they would sell. Once those sold I made more and began falling in love with the art of jewelry making and the satisfaction of seeing people love my creations. Eventually I ended up with over 100 pieces of jewelry in one of the store’s main cases and became the best selling line and fasting turning product that they carried.
How do you differentiate yourself from other jewelry designers?
Being a Gemologist and having a minor addiction to gemstones, makes me ultra sensitive to the quality of stones I use in my designs. I often like to use unique gemstones that you don’t often see in jewelry like Apatite, Fluorite, Rutilated Quartz, Sunstone and Chrysoprase. I believe that my education and true passion for gemstones combined with my love of art, color and nature shows through in my designs, which differentiates myself from other jewelry designers.
Tell us about one of your most favorite designs.
Right now I am loving my new fall collection, especially KQ#173 & KQ#174, the circle earring and pendant set with Garnet and Tourmaline. I love that the wire circle is hammered, giving it a more natural, geometric shape and texture. Also they go great with basically all of my fall wardrobe, especially with Marsala colored pieces, Pantone’s color of the year.
How do you creatively challenge yourself? What are your sources for inspiration?
Being an artist I get bored pretty easily, so I’m constantly exploring new trends and color combinations. Most of my inspiration begins with the gemstones themselves, so if I get in a design rut I will just put on some music, sit down and look at all of my gemstones until something speaks to me.
How is the jewelry landscape evolving? Any recent trends that are on the forefront? Any you could do without?
Working in retail jewelry stores for the past 8+ years really gave me the advantage to constantly interact with customers and see what they were buying. Trends I’m loving are clovers, long statement earrings, and big focal gemstones. I try to not let my jewelry get too trendy; I wan’t the natural beauty of the gemstones stand out and the design to be timeless. Trends I don’t really care for are the bracelet/ ring combination, or gothic jewelry (like skulls)… just not my style =)
What is your favorite color combination?
Right now I am loving gold metal, and I really like the way it looks with pretty much all Garnet colors, Citrine and Smokey Quartz, which are all used in my new Fall 2015 collection. I also love the use of color in my Kaleidoscope collection where each piece has a multitude of gemstones from each color palate.
What tip of advice would you like to offer our readers when it comes designing custom jewelry?
Don’t be afraid, be creative and have fun! Whether it’s an engagement ring or piece of fine fashion jewelry, let the piece reflect your style and personality.