08 Dec Monday Maven: Christen Watson of Watts Jewelry, and a GIVEAWAY!!!
Tell me about yourself….who is Christen the creative jewelry-designer?I‘ve had a love for fashion for as long as I can remember. But of all things in fashion, jewelry was always my favorite to buy. I love a great accessory because it can make any boring outfit exciting! I’ve been around fashion for most of life. My first job after college was working at Nicole Miller, and I was surrounded my beautiful jewelry everyday and loved every minute of it. I then moved to New York City to continue my career with Nicole Miller and then to Washington DC. I’ve recently landed back in the the south, and Atlanta is where I call home. I’ve always known I’ve love to create and decided making jewelry would be a fun creative outlet. It started out as a fun hobby and I just wanted to see where it organically would go.I started making a few pieces for fun on vacation on a beach trip this summer and had a store in Florida buy every piece I had made. After an eye opening yoga retreat to Bocas del toro, Panama and some amazing encouragement from my girlfriends, I realized that the most important thing in life is to not only do what you love – but to also share it with the world and it was then that I decided to start my next adventure.
What inspires you to create?
I’m inspired by nature, traveling, and what ever catches my eye. I really just stick to what I am drawn to and what I like and go from there. It kind of just happens naturally and isn’t really something that too much thought goes into. Neutrals are pretty much my thing with little bits of natural sparkle added in.
What are your favorite color schemes?Definitely neutrals. I don’t really like anything too bright. I am drawn to grays, gold, and neutral stones and combiningthem with natural sparkle such as hematite or pyrite. I like using neutral precious and semi precious stones including labradorite, pyrite, smokey topaz, hematite, druzy, agate, and raw crystals.
Do you have any jewelry pieces that are particularly special to you? Heirlooms or something from your travels?My mom’s vintage double C Cartier bracelet she gave me is my most special piece of jewelry. I love to layer it with some of my bracelets. I also have a little gold puff heart pendant that I wear on simple chain that my dad gave to my mom for their first anniversary 45 years ago. It reminds me what true love is.
How does your fashion style translate into your home?Fashion and decor definitely follow the same beat for me. I just moved into my own apartment in July after bouncing around for a bit, and it has been so much fun to make a place feel like my own. I say if it represents you, go for it. And I also know that it can’t happen all at once, and my place is still a work in progess. My home is very similar to my jewelry. Neutrals with a little bits of natural sparkle and color mixed in. Ivory and gray with a little soft color, and I would definitely say it has an eclectic vibe as well. I love mixing textures the most – whether is leather pants, a fur vest, or a great shag rug. I think that texture adds a great sense of detail and subtly asks you to pay attention without being over the top. Oh and I also think that no room or outfit is complete without a little pop of leopard. In my home, it’s my leopard pillows and in my fashion in my favorite leopard clutch.