We love being introduced to and discovering small batch makers, and we know you do too! Since we fell in love with the Raw Amethyst Necklace from Tiffany Anne Studios in this month's Holiday Shopping Guide, we reached out to the maker -- Tiffany Whipps -- to get some more information on her process + philosophies.
How did you become a jewelry designer?
My background was actually in restaurant management. When I moved to Bend, Oregon, a cold mountain town, I took up jewelry making as a hobby. My first line of feather hoops was based on my love of fly fishing and tying flies. Eventually, jewelry became bigger than my restaurant job and I was able to pursue it full time. Now the line includes more raw stonework and delicate metal details. I still have the feather hoop line in my boutique as a nod to the beginnings.
Where do you get your inspiration from?
I'm always refreshed in the studio after a long hike or a good chunk of time out in nature. I am attracted to geometric designs and lines of a cityscape mixed with natural elements. Most of the time the raw materials inspire my designs. Although, sometimes the designs stem from what I call happy accidents.
How is your business sustainable?
It's important to me that every step of the jewelry making process is crafted with care and environmental consciousness. All materials are of the highest quality and responsibly sourced. I utilize local small businesses for supplies when possible. Stones are conflict free, metal is recycled from a U.S. refinery, and packaging and "bubble mailers" are recyclable and compostable.
Why is the Amethyst necklace special and a good gift?
Amethyst is a special stone because each one is unique and it carries the energy of fire, passion, creativity and spirituality, yet bears the logic of temperance and sobriety. It's a great stone for balance.
Do you do custom work?
Yes. I love working with customers to help their visions come to life! The beauty of working with small independent artists is creating a personal and individual experience.
Blog Images courtesy of the Maker.
we happily featured Tiffany's Raw Amethyst Necklace in the 'Wellness Junkie' category of our 2016 Holiday Shopping Guide.
Tiffany Whipps is a jewelry designer based in the Pacific Northwest. She designs for diverse and creative women who want to feel effortlessly beautiful every day. Her versatile collections are delicate, lightweight and handcrafted from high-quality materials that will take you from day to night and outfit to outfit seamlessly.
View her collection or follow her on Instagram.