Ten years ago, Judi Powers began taking jewelry-making classes. The moment her first piece—a ring—was complete she knew she wanted to be a jeweler. After taking classes at 92Y, School of Visual Arts, and Jewelry Arts Institute over the course of a decade, she quit her corporate life as a marketing director and enrolled as a full-time student at Fashion Institute of Technology where she earned an AAS degree in Jewelry Design.
Her greatest sources of inspiration are nature and art and you’ll find their influence throughout her collection. Ferns, sea animals, insects, and pebbles inform shape and texture while elements of Flemish Renaissance art inspire specific pieces. Her love of nature is the primary reason why more than 85% of the metal used in her designs is recycled and the gemstones she uses are ethically sourced: She wants her jewelry to be beautiful without damaging the environment or those individuals from whom she sources from. Every piece of jewelry is happily hand crafted in Brooklyn, NY. When Judi is not working in the studio, you’ll find her working from home with her sweet puppy either curled up on her lap or around her feet.
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