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Interview Inspired by Diamonds on the Beach

I was recently given the opportunity to ask jewelry designer Lisa Jackson a few questions, along with posting information about her most recent line Diamonds for the Beach.

* Where do you find inspiration for the jewelry you make?

I have wanderlust and I travel the world. My inspiration comes from nature, art and architecture from different cultures. I love to study texture, proportion, scale and color. Each piece is handcrafted and feminine. Think stained glass windows of Notre Dame (pictured in the featured photo), the cobblestone streets of Belgium and the spice colors in the Souks of Marrakech. Pale blue chalcedony and carnelian with fire opals.

Cobblestone Streets of Belgium - image taken from: https://www.flickr.com/photos/invisibleink/2876459933

Cobblestone Streets of Belgium – image taken from: https://www.flickr.com/photos/invisibleink/2876459933

Souks of Marrakech

Spice colors in the Souks of Marrakech, image taken from https://www.pinterest.com/fsmarrakech/moroccan-spices/?lp=true

     * Do you have a favorite time period of jewelry wearing?
Dawn until midnight. I never leave my house without my diamonds. I love to layer at night for the wow factor.
* Was there a moment that sparked your love of jewelry or was it a
gradual process?

I am an eternal design junkie. I have an interior design background and have designed so many things…furniture, table top, candles, lighting…so creating a jewelry collection was a natural evolution for me.

* Is there a specific piece, image or technique that stands out as
being an epiphany or revelation in your process?

Yes, our signature cobblestone collection is unique to LJ Cross.
 Diamonds are burnished into the precious metals. When the sun hits the stones, they dance! It’s so cool.

* Who are other jewelry makers you respect or admire?
The jewelry space is vast. There is so much talent. I have great
reverence for all my peers. I collect Franck Muller watches so I guess that says it all.

Frank Muller Watches taken from http://www.ablogtowatch.com/watch-brands/franck-muller/

Frank Muller Watches taken from http://www.ablogtowatch.com/watch-brands/franck-muller/

* Is there a stone or metal you haven’t tried yet but are curious to try?

I am dying to make an oversized pendant in navy blue sapphire and diamonds…hanging on a silk cord of course.

* Do jewelers collaborate? If they do, would you?

For sure. Collabs are so thrilling and inspiring. Twisting visual clarity is a different kind of satisfaction.

* Even though this collection is titled, “Jewelry at the Beach”, the pieces shouldn’t go in the water, correct?
They can go in the water of course. Dive right into the Med or the Atlantic! They can be worn poolside and at the beach literally! Chic with a favorite white kaftan or charcoal swimsuit.
    

The post with information about her newest line can be found here.