Last month Jared’s hosted a meet and greet and I was given the opportunity to speak with, bridal jewelry designer & jewelry designer to the stars, Mr. Neil Lane. He was there to introduce his collaboration with Jared the galleria of Jewelry. His Black Onyx Collection included diamonds and onyx set in sterling silver and the Lace collection was strictly diamonds set in intricately designed sterling silver pieces with white gold detail. He was really sweet and clearly loves what he does. Read below to see what he had to say.
What inspired this collection?
Vintage-inspired Hollywood Glamor of the past. I wanted to bring back that heirloom tradition. The really beautiful jewelry that really inspires and lifts your soul when you look at it .
Which is your favorite piece from this collection?
It will be like children you can’t actually say which is your favorite because the other will here it. I have so many favorites in this collection with Jared. I can’t really pick one. The Onyx collection very reminiscent of my art deco collection would appear in the time of the Jazz age. Mixing black and white is really riveting. So it’s really, really cool to wear it as a fashion statement. In my couture, I love my rings. I love making rings for people because there is so much energy in them. They have a life force of their own bringing two people together. In my historical collection, I do love the necklace Jennifer Garner wore to the Oscars. That’s part of my personal archival collection from which I get a lot of inspiration from. I use that in terms of all the detail which can be seen in all these shapes (referring to onyx collection). I’m always using my historical collection to create new designs. We have a cross here that Gwen Stephani wore to Grammy’s and these are earrings Zoe Saldana wore at the Oscars. Not only can you be glamorous but you can wear them on your wedding day.
What keeps you inspired, going, and loving what you do?
I have a Natural curiosity to jewelry. I have a natural attraction. For me to be inspired is very easily. I can look at the pendant you are wearing. It inspires me. I see how it works and how it is hanging and I look at you earrings. So I am constantly being inspired by nature, by flowers, art museums, just people! I love being involved with jewelry so I’m constantly inspired and I’m constantly doing red carpets and working with some of the most beautiful women in the world. It’s easy to be inspired.
For an entrepreneur who wants to become a jewelry designer, as you are, what tip would you leave them with?
They should keep making designs and trying it on. Have friends and family wear your jewelry to see how it works. Jewelry should be easy to wear. It should represent what someone’s thinking. Don’t forget it’s not like an art work. People are going to wear it on their body it’s not going to hang on a wall. You have to think “how is it going to work.” If the earrings aren’t going to be too heavy. It’s not just the design of the jewelry it’s really how is it going to work when someone is wearing it. Sometimes jewelry looks great on paper but doesn’t really look good when you make it. It’s too stiff maybe. People should see your jewelry. Let it catch on.
I was given this gorgeous necklace from the Black Onyx Collection. I was super excited!