You mentioned earlier that you own the rights to a dye?
Yes, I own the rights to the dye to this bracelet and as I said, I’m trademarking my piece.
Does that occur a lot, people biting your style?
I am being so copied, but I feel like it’s hard to copyright your design.
The CFDA is trying to change all of that now. Diane von Furstenberg is trying to get a bill passed so artists and their designs can protected.
Well, I can write a book and call it the scarlet letter! I mean, I have ethics in what I do as far as even the materials I use. I don’t go to the trade shows to see other jewelers designs. If I do go to the shows at the Piers it's to see the girls that are doing jewelry that I know for the last 15 years from L.A. and are in New York and I get to see them all at the same time. I love jewelry but I try not to pay attention too much because I want it to be organic.
Other than material, how do you arrive at your design art practice? How does that process work?
I think of jewelry 100% of the time. If [my daughters and I are] doing math homework and I’m like ‘ohhh.' I live it, eat it dream it, think about it in yoga. I know you’re not supposed to think of anything while in yoga, but I just love it ― it’s the best way I can express myself.
And you’ve had this passion for jewelry since you were a child?
Since I was a little girl. I use to paint in my basement and I used to string things. I actually go to every Girl Scout meeting or to each class that my daughters are in every year and I make jewelry with the whole class. I just did the first grade this week and I just love it. I just put out the beads and they wire them, finish them and I ask my girls, ‘Did any of the kids wear it to school the next day?’ I love that ― it’s good coordination for them to learn how to do it and I love things that are creative.
Above: Goddess necklaces by Jennifer Stock.