Before I started Helene Lucille & Co. in 2008, I had spent much of my career as the head buyer, merchandiser and VP of a well known fine jewelry company. While this job afforded me the luxury of traveling the globe in search of beautiful jewels, meeting top jewelry designers, and negotiating big deals, I felt there was something missing.
I suddenly had the urge to create something. I never really saw myself as particularly creative. I had forgotten that when I was young, I would sit for hours sketching free-form shapes and patterns, and coloring them. A little advice for anyone feeling stuck: take the time to connect with your creative side! I did just that, and it changed everything for me. I started seeing the world in color and shapes, gaining creative inspiration from the everyday beauty around me. Soon I had created my first jewelry collection of feminine, statement-making earrings. When a friend and colleague called saying she dreamt about a pair of MY earrings, and just had to have them, I was thrilled! I finally found what was missing. Creating a piece of jewelry that will be lovingly worn, or given as a gift to a loved one who will cherish it, truly connects the dots for me.
The scariest part of creating something is putting it out there in the world. The absolute BEST part is when people connect with what you do!