Los Angeles–based designer Jennie Kwon has been turning out subtle 14k gold styles with tiny beaded accents for two and a half years. A former classical violinist and corporate attorney, she traded both careers for a new one in jewelry once she became a mom. She tested the waters with a course in metalsmithing, fell hard for design, and quickly shifted gears. Now she sketches styles for her jeweler or CAD artist to bring to life through casting or hand-fabrication. Super-delicate pieces comprise hand-pulled wire for durability, and every item is made in LA. Most pieces feature diamond accents, or emeralds, opals, and sapphires for their long-wearing qualities. Kwon also earned recognition for her designs in the 2015 Racked Young Guns Awards.
Starting retail price: $90 for a single stud earring
Accounts: 25 in the U.S., including Barneys, and six overseas, including Tomorrowland in Japan
Trade fairs: None at press time
Retailer buy-in: $1,000
Contact: Jennie Kwon, Los Angeles; 818-618-2039; jenniekwondesigns.com
Layered Rectangle studs in 14k gold, $95 each
Studded Moon necklace in 14k gold, $560
Multi-band ring in 14k gold with 0.66 ct. t.w. blue sapphires and 0.09 ct. t.w. diamonds $1,850
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