I've been stalking Jane Kaye on Instagram for awhile - her jewels are like out of a fantasy land. Filled with color, and she is a more is more gal - basically my kind of gal. As I've been drooling over her eternity bands, I also felt her support of Gem Hunt and our mission from afar.
When she applied to be in the Dream Diam x Gem Breakfast pop up III - I was frankly delighted because a designer with her talent would be a huge coup! I have loved working with her on this project and I can't wait to reveal her butterfly creation for Gem Breakfast on 12/1.
Tell me about how you got started with your brand?
I have always had a creative side to me, as well as a love for fashion and design. As a child, I would draw, create yarn bracelets and beaded necklaces. During high school and college, I worked with an interior designer and a renowned hair stylist in Paris.
Upon graduating from college, I was hired by a prestigious antique jewelry company at the Carlyle Hotel in New York City. This was a family run business, the husband was on the Antiques Roadshow — so very knowledgeable. They took me in as one of their own by educating me about the industry and showing me how to identify and understand each time period of jewelry design. I was hooked.
From there, I went on to work alongside a private jeweler in New York City. Being just the designer and myself, I learned firsthand how to operate a small business, from production, to sales, to trunk shows, to marketing. Having always wanted to start my own business, I felt that ten years of learning the ropes and establishing relationships in the industry gave me the support and confidence that I needed to go out on my own, and in March of 2016, I made the leap and launched Jane Kaye Jewelry.
Where do you get inspiration from?
My inspiration stems from the techniques and motifs used in antique and period jewelry. I combine these influences with a modern edge, creating pieces that are wearable — meant to be layered, mixed and matched with my client’s existing jewelry collection. I love color, too, so many of my designs feature colored sapphires and opals. My most recent collection recalls the geometric and bold lines used in the Art Deco period.
What’s your best advice for women shopping for jewelry?
Unless you are looking for an investment diamond or colored stone, there are no rules when shopping for jewelry, so buy what you love and what you will wear! If you think the piece will ultimately sit in your safe except for special occasions, I would suggest exploring other options. On the flip side, if you walk out wearing your purchase, you really made a good decision!
What excites you about this project with Gem Breakfast?
Since launching my own business, one of my primary goals has been to network and create relationships with others in the industry. Gem Breakfast provides a unique opportunity for the seven designers involved to not only develop wonderful relationships but to work constructively with one another, receive feedback from one another, learn from one another and laugh with one another. It’s also great that the consumer will play a vital role in shaping the designs of each ring. I feel so honored to be a part of this unique opportunity.
What’s your favorite color diamond?
I love yellow diamonds. My pear shape natural yellow diamond band has become a signature of mine. I also like to add champagne diamonds and Black Diamonds into the mix because they add a more casual and edgy feel to the piece.
Do you have a personal jewelry mecca?
Barney’s, who always has an interesting assortment of established and emerging designers, and Madison Avenue, which is the capital of fashion and accessories — I especially love admiring the collections at Fred Leighton and Stephen Russell, both purveyors of fine antique jewelry.
When I’m not designing jewelry I am…
Spending time with family — my husband, 6-month-old son and three dogs (I live in a crazy house!), trying new restaurants, exploring the streets of New York.
Jane will be commissioning a one of kind ring for Gem Breakfast. Make sure you follow along to see what she makes!