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Q&A with Amanda Jex

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JEX is a line by Amanda Jex founded in 2008. Her pieces are femine and architectural, minimal and bohemian, romantic and modern. Everything you and I like in jewelry.
Her jewelry has great forms and detailed elements.
JEX is based in  East Vancouver, British Columbia in Canada where Amanda makes everything by hand.JEX logo - madeofjewelry

 

Q&A with JEX Designer Amanda Jex

MoJ: Tell us about what you do and what you specialize in.
Amanda: I make accessories and jewelry under the JEX label. Everything is made by hand at my studio in Vancouver, Canada. I’d say I specialize in dye techniques and metalsmithing, my preferences being kumo shibori and the ancient lost wax method of casting. I challenge myself to design or create at least one thing a day, it keeps things fresh and the gets the creativity flowing.

Jex jewelry - madeofjewelry


What is your process?

Amanda: Firstly, I will decide on a theme, and then begin exploring my world and environment with some basic guidelines as to the feeling I'm trying to convey with the collection. I normally look to my own past for little relics, photographs, diary entries and objects that have had a lasting impression on me or make me feel a certain way. While traveling I'll also try to find objects that strike me as unique or beautiful within other cultures or things that seem to hold lasting emotive qualities.
Once I've sourced a sufficient amount of items & ideas, I attempt to elevate them in such a way that they may evoke these sorts of lasting impressions for others, it kind of snowballs from there. Sketches are translated into carved wax & then cast into a final metal form that I hand finish and detail.

How did you get involved in designing jewelry?
Amanda: As a child I was always making things. Being the daughter of creative parents who always encouraged me to make; I had the understanding early on that I could bring any idea to fruition with the right planning. It's a pretty powerful feeling.
Just like any kid I'd make dried play-dough pendants that then evolved into copper wire sculptures, and fiddling around in my Dad’s work shop provoked him to build me a beading loom. Once I hit the mandatory Sears catalogue age of 9+ I got a rock tumbler… It all just naturally evolved from there.I graduated from a Liberal Arts high school and then went traveling in South America, which really changed my perceptions of what I wanted to do with my life. I felt the need to take my home sewing and jewelry making to the next level, so I decided to move from my home in Edmonton, Alberta to Vancouver where I had been accepted into Vancouver College’s Fashion Arts program. Once I finished that I figured “why pigeon hole myself?" and enrolled into Metalsmithing.Without that initial support from my family and community to get out there and hit the ground running creatively, I couldn’t imagine where I’d be.
It’s been a pretty amazing journey.
A R E I O S 2-WAY Necklace JEX - madeofjewelry

What do you want your customers to take away when they buy your pieces?
Amanda: Well, I am fortunate enough to spend my days doing what I love most; giving people a snapshot of the way that I experience the world through my work. I like to think I'm making something that my customers can create a bond with, that act as a sort of personal talisman.
Ultimately, making a lasting impact is my motivation; to make something that isn’t expendable in a disposable world.

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Pendulum necklace, one of MoJ's favorites!

[All photos via hellojex.com / collage by MoJ]

Blooming Samantha Wills

I guess I don't have to introduce Samantha Wills but although I will because everyone needs to know SW.
This gorgeous lady, Samantha, has been through some kind of a journey. And a successfull one.
It all began by crafting pieces for her friends and family (lucky them!) while she was still at school. You can clearly see she is talented. Plus she knows what women want. She has an eye for design and details. No doubt she must be proud of where she stands now. Which is doing something she loves and sharing it with us.

Her jewelry is luxurious and bohemian style. Everthing what us, women, like. I know you ladies agree with me.

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Samantha Wills is most known for her oversize rings and especially the Bardot ring, which is available in several colors.

Samantha Wills bardot ring - madeofjewelry

One of SW's newest collection is the Zodiac collection.
The pendant necklaces and bangles are engraved with zodiac signs and come with an illustration by Kelly Smith. The necklaces are sterling silver and are plated with gold, rose gold and silver. The bangles are brass with the same plating.

zodiac collage Samantha Wills by MadeOfJewelry
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MoJ loves Samantha Wills. The person and the brand.
Samantha has a great sense of style. Not just concerning about her creations but also her personal style. And thank God for Instagram where Samantha shares some SW spirit and style with us.
It's kind of a personal style diary of hers which we can follow about her projects, jewelry and herself.
So don' forget to check out @SamanthaWills.

 

 

 

 

 

 

[All images by Samantha Wills | Collages by MoJ]

Q&A with Jane Gowans

JGprofile-madeofjewelryJane Gowans is a Scottish-based contemporary jeweller.
When seeing her jewelry, there is no doubt she likes to experiment. And which gives fabulous results.
Jane's jewelry are all about the details. Take a closer look and you'll see what I mean. Plus, her pieces are quite unique.
The pieces are made by using stones, sterling silver, 18kt gold vermeil and silver finishes.
You just gotta love her pieces.

 

 

 

 

 

MoJ has been lucky to do a Q&A with Jane:

MoJ: What did you study?
Jane: Jewellery & Metal Design at Duncan of Jordanstone.

Have you always wanted to become a jewelry designer?

Jane: No, I always knew I wanted to be creative but it wasn't until I went to University that I realised I wanted to work in a 3 dimensional way and jewellery seemed to be the most natural choice.

As a jeweler, do you wear jewelry much yourself?
Jane: My favourite piece at the moment is the JG Marina Knuckle Ring, it is great for layering up for the statement look or worn alone for everyday elegance.
JG Marina Knuckle Ring - Madeofjewelry

What inspires you?
Jane: I take my inspiration form the everyday and push myself to make the ordinary into the extraordinary. Previous inspirations have included the humble matchstick, the Scottish landscape and most recently finding an old photograph of my grandfather in naval uniform.

Do you listen to music or anything while working on your creations?
Jane: I love BBC 6 Music and listen to it nearly everyday in the studio.

Until now, which piece have you enjoyed the most to work on?
Jane: The first luxury offering from JG is an 18ct Gold Matilda ring with 40 grain set diamonds. I felt like a magpie whilst creating it which was a lot of fun.

JG Matilda diamond ring - madeofjewelry

What is your favorite piece/creation?
Jane: I really like the Fathom ring- it is a bit of a showstopper.

fathom ring Jane Gowans - madeofjewelry

What is your favorite material to use?
Jane: I work mainly in Silver.

Do you follow the works of other designers?
Jane: Yes there are so many talented designers in the industry: Clarice Price Thomas, Imogen Belfield, Hannah Martin, Yunus and Eliza and Smith/Grey are just a few.

What kind of public are your customers?
Jane: Chic, style concious woman who are looking for something extra special.

What is the most interesting part of your job?
Jane: Each day is different and that is what I love most.

You have been shortlisted this year for New Designer of the Year at the UK Jewellery Awards. How did it make you  feel like?
Jane: It is a huge compliment and it really cements my place within the industry as one to watch.

Tell us more about the Captain collection.
Jane: The nautical-inspired collection of ten key pieces is available in polished 18kt gold vermeil and solid sterling silver.
Using the highest quality materials, each piece is handcrafted exclusively in Britain, hallmarked in Scotland and hand finished by me.
The collection has been carefully considered to create a wearable and striking range. Rooted in my fascination for sequences and repetition, small sophisticated pieces can be stacked and worn in multiples to build bold statement looks, or left solo for everyday elegance.
The discovery of an old photo of my Grandfather in naval uniform sparked my inspiration for the collection. Delving into maritime history and culture, I have united my craft with that of my Grandfather, translating the practical tools of the sea into decorative jewellery designs. Ropes, knots and compass points have been transformed into burnished rings, studs, necklaces and bracelets.
The Captain collection tells its own distinct story, with timeless pieces that can be cherished for seasons to come.

Echoes of simplicity

There is this girl from stockholm, living in Sydney, who recently caught my eye. This girl, Elin Hammerstrom, creat gorgeous jewelry. Simple, basic-like, rustic, sophisticated and oh-so-perfect.
Elin is a jewelry designer and not just a designer. She is talented, for sure.
And besides being a jewelry designer, she also creates objects.

eggcup by Elin hammarstrom
Eggcup by Elin Hammarstrom

Have I told you yet she is talented?
And this is not just it, Elin has been doing collaborations with other designers. She has even been selected as a finalist in a jewelry compitition held by The Powerhouse Museum.
Thumbs up to all of this!

 

I fell in love with her creations such as the BJORK ring. Highpolished or oxidesed, make your choice but myself...I can't decide.
bjork ring by elin hammarstrom

And this one...Love, love, love!
ring by elin hammarstrom

elin hammartrom jewelry - madeofjewelry
Be sure to check out Elin's website and store online.

[All photo's by Elin Hammarstrom | Collages by www.madeofjewelry.com]

It’s been some kind of red, white and blue

As many of you, you might have celebrated the Independence Day in colors. Litteraly.
How to do it best with clothing and accessories and show how patriotic you are! Pretty sure you've done it... 😉
Stacking up bracelets, layering with necklaces, wearing the three colors.

 

4th july jewels - madeofjewelry

Clothing:

Top by Mango | Pants by H&M | Mini 5 Zip Bag by Rebecca Minkoff
Converse Hi-tops | Essie nail polish (colors: red-nouveau, Below the Belt and Midnight Cami)

Jewelry:

Diamond necklace by BaubleBar | Silver Star ring by Catbird | Dark star ring by Catbird
Collar by BaubleBar | Dolly Parton and Joni Mitchell bracelets by Stella and Bow

Are you ready for MoJ?

Some of you might know Made of Jewelry via Instagram. But first things first...what is MoJ about?
MoJ is a website (to be launched hopefully soon!) about, yes of course, jewelry. Made of Jewelry will represent jewelry brands and designers from all over the world. You will get to know more about new collections, brands, designers and new trends. From known to unknown brands and designers.
You can also bring your input via Instagram, Twitter, Facebook or even via email. What for you wonder? If you send an image of you (not necessarily) and your jewelry by not forgetting where it is from (brand, designer, store), then you might get featured. Yes, you heard it well.
On Twitter and Instagram don't forget your hashtag along with your photo. #mojAndMe
And let's not forget the celebs. As we all love to know what they wear, MoJ will try to keep you updated about what singers and actors do wear.
Moj jewelry presentation
Stay tuned!