Jennifer Lau, a mother of five and former Wall Street trader, launched her jewelry collection, Genevieve Lau Jewelry, in January.
After leaving her job on Wall Street to spend more time with her children, Lau began working as a stylist for clients located primarily in Connecticut. “I’ve always loved fashion,” Lau says. “When I styled clients, I had visions of jewelry I wanted to see them wear. That’s when I decided to pursue my own jewelry business.”
Named after her great-grandmother, the collection—which she describes as “affordable luxury”—is inspired by international travel. (Each piece is based on a city or cities Lau has visited.) Manufactured locally in Westport, Conn., and New York City, the line includes rings, bracelets, pendants, and earrings made with gold and embellished with diamonds, sapphires, and topaz. Pieces range from $250 to $3,000. “I noticed a gap in the market,” she says. “It was difficult to find fine quality jewelry at an affordable price point.”
Lau’s collection can be purchased on her website. Ten percent of each sale is donated to charities such as the Make-A-Wish Foundation or the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. “My husband and I are always trying to lead by example and teach our children to give back,” Lau says.