Jessica Fields Fine Jewelry
Tell us about your business.I started the business to create everyday, fine jewelry that would never go out of style and emulated the best of historical design and pattern. I like to put on a necklace or ring and never take it off - having it become part of my identity. I found very little being sold that I could do that with. My favorite thing is to design rings, especially bridal, since it's so wonderful knowing that my jewelry is used in such a joyful celebration. I keep my process local, with everything being crafted here in New York City. I source the gemstones myself and seek to use only ethically mined stones. I wear many hats in the business, from design to packaging, to marketing and selling. I currently sell to jewelry stores and boutiques throughout the US, but I hope to build an international network. As I move forward, I want to maintain a business where I can connect with my customers and know that the items they are buying will be cherished in their families for a long time.
Tell us about your workspace, shop, or studio.I have a studio space within the townhouse that I share with my husband, who is also an artist, and our 2 daughters. I create all the original designs and models here and then work with local craftspeople to make multiples of my designs for production. I have piles of books of historic jewelry design lining the space as well as auction catalogs and books about textiles and ironwork.
What inspires you?I am inspired by Classical Greek jewelry, European, ironwork, traditional Indian patterns and Art Nouveau designs. They all play a role in my jewelry. I love stained glass and the way colors play off of one another. I love the richness of high-carat gold jewelry. I love the symmetry of Renaissance architecture. I try to take all of these elements and make them a bit more contemporary. Having a client tell me that my jewelry reminds them of something of cultural significance is a great compliment.
What makes your business stand out?I spend a lot of time thinking about the wear-ability of everything I create. Nothing irks me more than a poorly designed, yet aesthetically pleasing item. Jewelry is meant to be worn and it should be made to be as such. I think the back of an item is just as important as the front. I don't like to leave any part unfinished.
What advice would you give an aspiring creative entrepreneur?It's a paradox...stay focused, yet think outside of the box. In other words, you must remain true to yourself and your vision, but you can't be stuck in your ways unable to adapt to new markets or buisness ideas.
What does American Made mean to you?I think American Made means that we seek to inspire Americans to create unique products. We need to find a way for consumers to value one-of-a-kind items and support their local (and national) community. It is much more satisfying to own fewer products but have them each be symbolically important. We have become a culture that seeks to keep buying more and more mass-market items that ultimately become disposable.
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