Angela George is a woman of few words, and I was immediately impressed with her humility. Her jewelry could be classified as little works of art. I find this really exciting given her extensive manufacturing background. The designer (pictured) got her start working for major fashion houses and then had a short stint in advertising before getting involved with her family’s jewelry manufacturing business. After a few years she broke out on her own, and we are so happy that she did! She is a natural talent, and we’re thrilled that she decided to join us in Tucson.
How would you describe your aesthetic to a blind man? Can you tell me more about the matte finish? It’s a beautiful choice, I’m just curious as to how you became enthralled with it, and is it something we can expect to see on all of your pieces?
My aesthetic is refined, with a contemporary twist on classic elements. I select finishes based on the piece. Some pieces just pop with satin and others pop with polish, there’s no set rule. I will definitely be using satin on future designs, I love the textural effect!
Where did you learn the craft of jewelry-making? Any awards you’d like to brag about?
I learned about making jewelry from my husband and father-in-law, both of whom have been manufacturing together for 25 years. No awards to speak of yet, but I’ve been getting a lot of wonderful feedback from buyers.
Pillow Talk earrings in 18k yellow gold with diamonds
Where is all your work made? Do you care to tell us more about the process and the team?
All of the jewelry is made in a facility in northern New Jersey. Most of the pieces start with my sketches, and then prototypes are created by a small team of jewelers. There is a lot of back and forth and wear testing during the prototype phase!
Ring in 14k white gold with diamond pavé
Who is your jewelry idol and why?
There are so many talented fine jewelry designers. I couldn’t select just one because I appreciate the artistry that goes into a well-designed and well-made piece.
Pillow Talk pendant in 18k yellow gold with diamonds
If you weren’t a jewelry designer what would you be doing with your life?
Something that involves a pencil and paper! Perhaps a position in interior design or architecture.
Why are you excited for JCK Tucson?
I’m excited to meet buyers from other areas of the country and to see their reaction to my designs.