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The Shape of Things: Q&A With Jillian

May 15, 2024

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Stylized photo of woman wearing pieces from The Shape of Things collection.

Introducing The Shape of Things:

A brand new and highly-anticipated collection of sculptural designs has arrived and we couldn't be more excited to share these pieces with you.

Keep reading to hear more from Jillian (Founder & Designer) on her inspiration, the design process and why this is her favorite collection to date.

Flat lay of Medium Kelly Statement Ring + White Diamond Abstract Bezel Band + Freeform Ring

What inspired the Shape of Things collection?

This collection has been a long time coming. It first started banging around in my head after a flight delay in San Francisco allowed extra time to pop into the San Francisco MOMA. I fell in love with the Ellsworth Kelly exhibit… I’m not sure how long I lingered there. The colors and shapes were mesmerizing and I especially loved the pieces that featured organic and linear shapes alike. As I left the museum I remember typing into my iPhone notes, “new collection: shape of things.” That was 2016. Fast forward to 2023, the collection was still in the back of my mind, but I wasn’t sure where to take it. Then in the same week, I visited Joshua Tree and rediscovered Dadaist sculptor, Jean Arp. The rounded smoothness of the boulders at Joshua Tree and the organic unusual shapes of Arp’s early works both felt like they could be expressed in jewelry form. In order for the pieces to be successful they needed to feel like a sculpture where they could be observed from a 360 degree perspective and feel special.

Flat lay of White Diamond Abstract Bezel Band & Ruby Abstract Bezel One-Of-a-Kind

How does this collection differ from previous ones?

I kept the palette clean (featuring mostly gold and white diamonds, with a few two-tone moments) and let the sculptural shapes do most of the talking.

Flat lay of solid gold pieces from The Shape of Things Collection

What was your favorite part of designing this collection?

I think the process was really fun and there was an ease to it -- nothing felt forced. I worked closely with Jennifer, our VP of Production, and that felt so collaborative. Creating the Sculpted Link Chain actually was one of the trickier designs to get right and we kept going until we had a completely unique link, which is exciting!

Can you share more on the materials & techniques used in this collection?

Almost everything in the collection is hand drawn by me. All of the unique sculptural and amoeba shapes needed to be considered from a 3D perspective.

Close up of hand wearing Abstract Bezel One-Of-A-Kind White Diamond Ring and the Asymmetrical Sculpted Band

What was your favorite piece to design and why?

In Orbit is a special design. I just love that it looks like a little spaceship when you view it from the side and the big chunky tiers of gold remind me of the planets orbiting the sun.

Which Shape of Things piece are you most excited to add to your jewelry box?

The Large Kelly Statement Ring. It’s BIG and it reminds me of the Bob Hope house by John Lautner. The book, John Lautner, Architect, changed my life and the way I contemplate space and design. The way that the disc of white gold plays with the yellow gold surround is also a nod to Ellsworth Kelly, another favorite artist of mine.

What do you hope others feel or experience when wearing this collection?

I hope they’re excited! I think this might be my favorite collection to date. It was the hardest edit I’ve ever done. Many of the prototypes didn’t make it to the final cut. Organic shapes in jewelry have existed for eons, but I hope they see the special sculptural elements and little details that make this collection feel extra special. I also have had fun styling it with my existing Marrow pieces and the collection flows seamlessly together with them.

Two side-by-side images of woman wearing Shape of Things collection pieces.

Styling Rapid Fire - Which pieces from The Shape of Things collection would you wear to each of the below?

For a special event: Large White Diamond Sculptural Freeform Earrings

For date night: Large Kelly Statement Ring

To run errands: Curved Freeform Gold Ring stacked with the Curved Pavé Diamond Ring

For the office: White Diamond Abstract Bezel Necklace (I absolutely love the diamond cut chain!)

For a casual outing: 8mm Sculpted Link Gold Necklace and Bracelet

The Shape of Things:

White Diamond Abstract Bezel Huggie Earrings [yellow gold] White Diamond Abstract Bezel Huggie Earrings [yellow gold]

White Diamond Abstract Bezel Huggie Earrings

$2,200

Large White Diamond Sculptural Freeform Earrings [yellow gold] Large White Diamond Sculptural Freeform Earrings [yellow gold]

Large White Diamond Sculptural Freeform Earrings

$7,950

8mm Sculpted Link Gold Bracelet [yellow gold] 8mm Sculpted Link Gold Bracelet [yellow gold]

8mm Sculpted Link Gold Bracelet

from $1,040

White Diamond Abstract Bezel Necklace [yellow gold] White Diamond Abstract Bezel Necklace [yellow gold]

White Diamond Abstract Bezel Necklace

$1,950

Asymmetrical Sculpted Band [yellow gold] Asymmetrical Sculpted Band [yellow gold]

Asymmetrical Sculpted Band

$950

Curved Pavé White Diamond Ring [yellow gold] Curved Pavé White Diamond Ring [yellow gold]

Curved Pavé White Diamond Ring

$2,800

Medium Kelly Statement Ring [Yellow Gold] Medium Kelly Statement Ring [Yellow Gold]

The Medium Kelly Statement Ring

$1,950

The Mary Opal Abstract Bezel Ring [yellow gold] The Mary Opal Abstract Bezel Ring [yellow gold]

The Mary Opal Abstract Bezel Ring

$3,450

Explore The Shape of Things designs in our showrooms or browse the full collection online.

xx Jillian

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