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Thursday, May 2nd 2013

From Dancer to Designer: Jamie Wolf talks Fine Jewelry

During her time as a New York City Ballet dancer, Jamie Wolf was designing jewelry on the side, selling her creations from her dressing room. Her hobby couldn’t be restrained to backstage, and she created her namesake collection of sought-after fine jewelry, loved for its versatility and elegance. Shopbop talked with the former ballerina about inspiration, diamonds, and keeping it local.

SHOPBOP: What influenced your decision to start a line of fine jewelry?
JAMIE WOLF: When I was eight years old I was cast as the bunny in New York City Ballet's production of The Nutcracker. To celebrate opening night, my parents gave me a beautiful gold locket, inscribed with my initials, "JMW", on the front, and "Nutcracker 1986," on the back. I have worn and treasured it since. It evokes a precious memory and continues to inspire me to design pieces that express feeling, complement my clients’ lifestyle, and reflect discerning taste. The jewelry we wear becomes a part of us, both as a keepsake and as a personal expression of style.

SB: Dance has been a huge part of your life for a long time then! How has it influenced your designs?
JW: My career with the New York City Ballet has deeply influenced the aesthetics of my collection. I believe that femininity is timeless and that beauty is often found in the finest details. My aim is to translate that into pieces that are chic and relevant. Each season the collection evolves with the intent, working with the classically beautiful and articulating it with a sophisticated edge. The result is a balance between luxury and utility.

SB: Do you have a favorite stone or gem to work with? Why?
JW: White, black, and cognac diamonds. I love how incredibly wearable and easy they are. Personally, I’m drawn to pieces I know I can wear all the time, for any occasion. This season I am loving tsavorite—the rich emerald green color is so beautiful and flattering.

SB: All the pieces are created in New York. Why was keeping production local important?
JW: Having the collection handmade entirely in New York fits perfectly with our brand ethos. We believe in impeccably crafted, artisan quality jewelry.

SB: What is the one piece of fine jewelry that every women needs in her collection? Why?
JW: A chic stud! It’s a classic, wearable style. This pair is perfect in scale and stands out for its unique interpretation.

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