One day, I was strolling through a Farmer’s Market and I stopped at a Jewelry Designer’s stall. Looking through her pieces, I started envisioning the jewelry I would make, and I decided to try it for myself! I started with beads and wire wrapping and slowly began expanding my skills and expertise.
How did you go from designing as a hobby to full-time Jewelry Designer?
As I created more pieces, I was being encouraged by my girlfriends to sell them. Eventually, I found a skilled bench jeweler who could bring my more intricate and complex designs to life. I actually still work with him today – he’s an amazing craftsman (and he tolerates my crazy, out-of-the-box requests!)
For a while, I was designing and selling my jewelry on the side while still working in the corporate world. Then, when I was laid off, I took it as a sign from the Universe to release the fear and pursue what I loved. I dove straight into jewelry design full-time.
After a while, I took on another job to supplement my design income, but it didn’t take long for me to realize that once again I didn’t belong there. I gave that company my two weeks’ notice and signed up for a pop-up event in New York that took place one week after my last day. That was my commitment to myself – I had a fast-approaching deadline and I had to make it happen. Needless to say, it was the push I needed - I’ve never looked back since!
Where did the name Mason Grace come from?
It’s named after my son, Mason and my mother, Grace - the two greatest influences in my life.
How would you describe your design aesthetic?
Modern, ethereal, and at the same time edgy and antique-inspired.