Beautiful Baubles: The History & Essentials Behind This Jewelry Line

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Sabine Le Guyader and Jill Martinelli, co-founders and designers of jewelry line Lady Grey
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These NY-based designers find inspiration in the doomed tale of Lady Jane Grey, the short-lived queen (literally — her nickname was The Nine Days Queen). The line has a gothic flavor but still feels feminine, thanks to the expert hands of the creators, who have degrees in metalworking and impressively eclectic tastes.
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Tell us how you got your job.
“After graduating, we decided to create a line together that combined a fashion-forward approach to jewelry with our conceptual ideas about adornment.”
Hands down, best professional advice you ever got.
Sabine: “Aim for an empire, but settle for a dream.”
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What skill or habit do you think is vital for success?
Jill: “Embrace perfectionism, but allow yourself the time to get a little weird once in a while; don’t take yourself too seriously.”
Your Working Girl Essentials?
“Numerous ‘to-do’ lists, seltzer water in various flavors, shiny new tools, and a good playlist.”
Photographed by Sunny Shokrae

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