Ambassador Heavenly Vices
1. What is the first thing you drink in the morning?
Diet Coke. I detest hot drinks.
2. What was your favorite jewelry piece to design out of all the ones you have done? Why?
When my older brother got married, I worked with his then fiancée to design a necklace for her to wear on their wedding day –a gold and pave diamond lotus flower with two hearts in one of the petals. It was a special way for me to participate in their wedding and one day I hope their daughter (my goddaughter and niece)will choose to wear it on a special occasion of her own.
3.What advice do you have for others entering your profession?
Prepare yourself for a long game and find a mentor.
4. As a designer, where do you draw your inspiration from?
My beloved hometown of New Orleans informs all of my designs, everything from the vibrant colors of Mardi Gras parades to a section of the wrought iron fence that surrounds my family home to the Dueling Oak in City Park.
5. If you could meet anyone in the world, who do you want to meet? And why?
John Kennedy Toole, the author of one of my favorite books -A Confederacy of Dunces. He was an incredibly gifted author who was posthumously awarded the Pulitzer Prize for fiction for this book. He took his own life at the age of 31 after failing to publish his novels and it was his mother’s mission to have his masterpiece published. Walker Percy talks about her pursuit -it brings tears to my eyes just thinking about it. His story and this book are an inspiration to me in the dark doubtful moments of my own creative process and I would love to have an opportunity to thank him for that and for the wonderful world and characters he created that have kept me entertained to the last page of the book –each of the 25 times I have read it!
5. What kind of person wears YOUR Jewelry?
My girl is smart, self-sufficient, a little sassy, confident enough to try something different. Glam with a little edge. Someone who is a pretty sophisticated jewelry lover and collector who knows that there is more to Tiffany and Cartier than pens and keychains.