JCK Asks…Karen Karch

On rose cuts, roses, and thorns“Obvious beauty bores me,” says Karen Karch. She’s explaining the evolution of her trademark claws, a chunkier, more jagged version of your everyday prong. “An unpredictable, if not slightly dark, juxtaposition creates the poetry.” Plus, the claws mix so well with vines—another of the designer’s signatures, which she’s been winding through her hand-textured gold and silver jewels for some 20 years. Later, she was “seduced” by the rose, not to mention the thorns. And as they say, every rose has its thorn. Age: Just turned 50 in July!SpitfireNumber of years in the biz: 25.Number of employees you oversee: Currently ­operating in chic old-school mode, as a mom-and-pop shop boutique/atelier in the Gramercy Park area, with a fabulous team of talented contractors.Family and pets: My husband, Frank, and my ­Australian cattle dog, Spitfire

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