It wasn’t long ago when these incredible home decor-inspired jewelry designs began popping up in my Instagram feed. The lattice work, strong shapes, texture and a use of negative space are all incorporated into each design and you can easily see what a strong influence it holds in this jewelry line. Being a lover of both worlds, I had to know more! Lucky for me I got to meet the designer herself, Doryn Wallach, because she sat next to me at the WJA Awards! Her jewels were radiating hollywood regency glamour and I got to see them first-hand! As a former interior decorator it is no surprise that her former profession is seen within her collection–she explains, “I love Art Deco style, interior decor, architecture, antique jewelry and it is mixed with my own eclectic style.” What became of the melding of these loves has turned into a lust-worthy collection consisting of 21 pieces, all done in 18k gold with a satin finish.
Although all my questions, wonder and amazement couldn’t be contained to one brief night, I got the chance to learn more about this talented and gracious women over email. Thanks for answering our questions Doryn and I’m so excited to share this line with my readers!
At the moment, I am working to expand my collection by about 20 new pieces. This includes some existing pieces in different stones, such as black diamond, coral and pearl. I’m developing many more rings and earrings, a few large cuffs and necklaces, as well as a really unique statement piece and hope to have most of them done by late fall.
My mom worked part time in a jewelry store when I was a kid, and I would sit with her while she worked. As I got older, she would take me with her to New York City when she redesigned jewelry of her own. I can remember her teaching me the Four C’s when I was 10 years old!
Her mother loved jewelry and died before I was born. She had a ton of large, chunky and very unique pieces. Sometimes my mom would give me inexpensive stones or pieces from her jewelry collection, and would let me redesign them for her.
All of this came together more recently when I redesigned a ring with stones from a piece I never wore, and the jewelry maker asked if I ever considered designing jewelry. That’s when a light bulb went off. I haven’t looked back.
It may have to be the first time I saw a finished product. I was developing a diamond gladiator ring, and I’d needed to rework it a few times to make sure it was comfortable, functional and attractive. When it was finally completed, it was such an amazing feeling to see something that had started in my head come to life. I still get that feeling every time I see a piece transform from idea to reality.
I am hoping to start working with some colored gemstones like ruby, sapphire, emerald, larger diamond pieces and I expect to grow our retail presence by a few cities by the end of the year. I want to create a jewelry enterprise, but mostly I want to teach my children that if you work hard, you can be happy doing something you love. That will be the most rewarding.
I absolutely love estate jewelry. My husband bought me a deco diamond, onyx and emerald ring when my son was born, and it’s by far my favorite. My mother designed a couple of rings to celebrate my children being born. One is a turquoise halo ring with diamonds, and the other is a black onyx and diamond ring. These have a lot of meaning for me too.
When my husband and I first started dating, he made me a necklace with little block letters spelling my name. Even though the necklace was supposed to be a silly joke, I still have it, and I smile whenever I see it.
(Pictured are her treasured estate pieces, including her dear grandmother’s collection of jewelry.)
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