Jené DeSpain’s path to jewelry design began in her parents’ home in Portland, Oregon, where she developed a love of design, construction, and photography. At the age of 19, she moved to New York to begin carving out a career in fashion photography, and she stayed that course for several years, working with some of the industry’s top talents. Then, a barter among friends—Jené agreed to teach her friend to sew, and her friend, in turn, would teach Jené to wire-wrap gemstones—shifted Jené’s focus from the visual arts to the tangible artifact.
Launched in 2010, Jené DeSpain jewelry is the manifestation of the designer’s interest in raw material and multifaceted design. The collection is graphic and evocative, calling to mind charms of a bygone era reimagined in modern ways, and each piece is handcrafted by Jené in her NYC studio.
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