On my 50th birthday, my sister, Susan, gave me a handmade oxidized silver moon sparkling with diamonds that she had made in a jewelry studio in NYC. The simple necklace was beautiful. The oxidation made it edgy. “Never lose sight of your North Star,” she wrote on the card. I wore the moon every day with my style uniform: white James Perse t-shirt and my torn jeans. The moon made me feel bigger, and friends wanted to know how they could have one made.
This gave me an idea. I would build a company that designs simple and beautiful objects that connect people through meaning, starting with jewelry. I am always striving to find the next best version of myself and am reminded every day that fewer, better things are ingredients to living well. Livewell’s collection of fine, limited-edition, handcrafted jewelry would be a manifestation of this belief. I wanted to design with friends in mind. Collaboration around design would bring meaning – more ingredients of a life well-lived.
I introduced Livewell’s first fine jewelry collection at a gathering in my barn in New Canaan. We have grown since then into an online store with a collection of signature stone necklaces, cuff bracelets, cuff rings, chain necklaces , and natural stone earrings. I am Livewell's lead designer and Susan has stayed connected with a holiday line we've named "Dressed Up Simple." Wearing a beautiful piece of fine jewelry is a reminder to me to never lose sight of what is most important – holding onto to the people I love and always making people feel bigger. I hope you will treat yourself to a piece of Livewell jewelry.
My Always List
I am guided in my commitment to Livewell by the values I strive to live by every day. You are a big part of what motivates me. Here's my Always List:
- Always design with friends in mind
- Always made in New York
- Always be creating (new self, new designs, new approaches...)
- Always the formula: Quality + Meaning + Unfussy design = Enduring Style
- Always embrace one over many
- Always stay authentic to what defines me
- Always be a Giver
- Always make people feel bigger, never smaller
- Always allow space for other people to redefine themselves
- Always live gratitude
- Always value the power of community and connection
Our Commitment to the Kimberley Process
Thanks to initiatives such as the Kimberley Process, retailers and designers pledge to source conflict-free diamonds. The Kimberley Process, a joint government, industry and civil societies initiative, curtails buyers and designers from using potential conflict diamonds – diamonds used in exchange for weapons in war-torn countries such as Angola, Cote d’Ivoire, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Sierra Leone. The Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS) imposes extensive requirements on its members to enable them to certify shipments of rough diamonds as ‘conflict-free’. All diamonds used in Livewell designs meet this necessary standard.