While in NYC last September, I met up with Chelsey, co-founder of Starling Jewelry, to work on a fun project–a feature on their newly relaunched website and blog platform. The company has fundamentals I believe in and Chelsey is as cool as they get, a combination rare and beautiful in this day and age. Starling was created to offer people highly wearable jewelry, minus all the markups that usually come with this luxury item. The company was created with the future in mind; a place where we can invest in jewelry for generations to come and pass down pieces that we are proud of (and haven’t broken the bank to acquire).
Chelsey’s background in the industry is really interesting too–she has worked in jewelry production for several high end jewelry designers for the past 10 years and even holds a graduate gemologist degree from GIA. As a fellow alumni, we bask in the memories of taking our 20-stone exam and exchange advice on conquering the Tucson Gem Show. In fact, Chelsey even contributed a blog post back in 2015 about attending the show. Good times.
The feature kicks off Starling’s new series on their blog: Starling Darlings, where they spotlight females that are authetic and driven, and peek inside their jewelry boxes while asking some great questions. In the interview, I answer questions about my most sentimental jewels, jewelry memories, superstitions, and tell a story about the first time I got my ears pierced. Although I don’t usually bring much jewelry with me when I travel, I think I had enough favorites with me for the feature. The interview and photoshoot (done at Yotel in NYC) was a ton of fun–until we got kicked out for sitting on chairs incorrectly and not ordering food/drinks lol. Totally worth it in the end. All the beautiful photographs are by Becky Zeller.