Connect with us

Products

Megan Thorne Ready to Branch Out From Bridal Jewelry

Published

on

Founded in 2007, Megan Thorne’s distinctively feminine collection was inspired by details of lace and fabrics informed by a vintage sensibility. But with experience, her collections have evolved to be as much about the fluid art of metalsmithing itself as any outside influences.

Because Thorne’s delicate bridal offerings proved so popular right from the start, she made the business decision to concentrate on engagement rings and wedding bands made in her Fort Worth, TX, studio in 18K recycled gold and ethically sourced gemstones. But now that she has established a loyal clientele, she wants to offer a wider range of fine jewelry so brand fans have more options for gift giving.

“As a bridal company, naturally, you gain customers who are looking for anniversary bands and fun gifts,” she says. “That tickles me. I’m so excited to get to branch out a little bit. We are less focused on mountings and more on cool one-of-a-kind limited edition pieces and gift-appropriate items. We’re trying to keep the price friendly while keeping the jewelry special.” 


{igallery id=8001|cid=1552|pid=21|type=category|children=0|addlinks=0|tags=|limit=0}

How has your source of inspiration evolved?

Originally it was very much from fabric and lace. I had tons of lace in my workshop and studio. Now that we’ve been doing it a little longer, metalsmithing in general is an inspiration point. It’s very fluid now. It’s about how my hands, or my husband’s hands, are making the piece. We think next time, let’s try this or that. We come up with little tricks. It’s kind of like a river that flows.

Advertisement
Why did you become a jewelry designer?

I always knew I’d be a designer. But I thought I’d do fashion. That’s what I studied originally. I got a job as an assistant designer in a lingerie company right out of college. I liked it but I felt distant from the production process. I wanted to be involved from start to finish. I had taken a metalworking class and I thought, naively, “Oh, I’ll be a jewelry designer, there’s not a lot of competition there.” I was wrong, of course, about that. But in jewelry, I can come up with a concept and with my own hands make the piece. Even now that the business has gotten a little bigger and I have help creating the pieces here in the studio, I am still involved with the process all the way through.

What jewelry do you wear that defines you?

A slender gold wedding band made by my husband. It’s simple and classic, and looks equally appropriate worn solo with dirty jeweler’s fingernails (daily!) or piled with other rings clutching a glass of wine (rare!)

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

After I was years in, someone told me “Don’t ever make your hobby your job.” Totally opposite of what you always hear; we all think if you love your work, it will make you better at what you do. And I actually agree with that. I do think you are more fulfilled if you love your work. But it was an excellent reminder that the actual running of a business requires as much nurturing and attention as the creative side.

What’s been the highlight of your jewelry career?

Having my husband come on and take over the lead jeweler job so I could be a mother. It was a wonderful moment realizing I can have my first love — my career and my work — and also have the family that I dreamed of. And also, frankly, my husband, Jaz, is awesome. He has a great eye and great hands and much greater natural ability than I ever had. It was a really pivotal moment for us.


Web Exclusive: Quick Hitters

What’s your secret talent? Making fancy sandwiches.

What’s something that hardly anyone knows about you? I’m a pretty big sports trivia nut.

Advertisement

How do you unwind? Flipping through Elle Décor and Domino

If you could time travel, where would you go? Childhood summers spent with my family at the lake, my absolute favorite memories.

If you could try another career, what would it be? Perfumer.

Guilty pleasure? Ratty, holey vintage T-shirts, even more so when I’m the one who has worn them out. Some of my favorites are so threadbare that I honestly can’t wear them outside or I’m indecent, but I will never give them up.

Who’s your dream client? My grandmother.

Name a goal that doesn’t involve jewelry? A little boy who says please, thank you, and will always want to hang out with his mom no matter how old he gets.

Advertisement

What do you love to shop for? Goodies for my 1-year-old son. The tiny shoes just kill me!

 


This article originally appeared in the January 2017 edition of INSTORE.

Advertisement

VIDEO HIGHLIGHT

OVER THE COUNTER: EPISODE 4

Jewelry Store Owner Rewards Her Staff With the Ultimate Adventure

The owner of a new Colorado jewelry store gave her sales team a steep challenge. In this one-minute excerpt of the latest "Over the Counter", hear how the goal was set ... and learn what she did when they reached their goal. Catch the full podcast here.

Promoted Headlines

Want more INSTORE? Subscribe to our newsletter.

Comment

Tools and Services

A Roger Dery Charity Worth Supporting, Appraisal Scholarship and More November Service News

Plus expert jewelry advisory services from SimplexDiam.

mm

Published

on

Dream Team

SimplexDiam, Inc. and Eaton Hudson Jewelry have joined forces to offer to a larger client base than ever before. This dream team offers guidance and assistance to store owners in times of transition, whether they are seeking to turn around a business, sell off unwanted inventory, or even liquidate an entire store.

simplexdiam.com, eatonhudson.com

Shining Legacy

Roger Dery’s nonprofit firm, Gem Legacy, aims to support East African development.

Renowned gem cutter Roger Dery’s new nonprofit, Gem Legacy, allows people to support education, vocational training and local economies in East African mining communities.

gemlegacy.org

Advertisement

With the Band

In honor of engagement season, Tacori is offering a special incentive: the “Wedding Band Welcome.” For a limited time, customers who purchase a Tacori engagement ring will be welcomed into the Tacori family with savings on a Tacori wedding band.

tacori.com

Aspire to Appraise

The National Association of Jewelry Appraisers (NAJA) will award a scholarship for one lucky student to attend their winter conference. The 51st Annual ACE It Winter Educational Conference will be held Feb. 3-4, 2019, in Tucson, AZ.

najaappraisers.com

Red Hot

Connoisseurs Products Corporation has redesigned the classic red package of its jewelry cleaners. The new packaging is just as eye-catching as the original, but features bolder graphics, easier-to-read instructions and large visual indicators to help hurried consumers choose the right product.

connoisseurs.com

Continue Reading

Fine Jewelry Design

Face Front, True Believers! Here’s a New Red Carpet Jewelry Trend for the Ears

One of the Venice Film Festival’s wearable trends was front-facing hoops.

mm

Published

on

Natalie Portman in Chopard at Vox Lux premiere at the 75th Venice International Film Festival. / PHOTO COURTESY OF REX/SHUTTERSTOCK .

Venice Film Festival’s stars twinkled on the red carpet in the city of gondolas and romance. One of the more wearable trends we saw is front-facing hoops, some of which climb up the ear almost like a wave while others simply rest on the front. We see them in a variety of incarnations, from diamond sparklers to those set with pearls or colored stones. It’s a trend that continues to grow and create plenty of hoopla.

Fern Freeman

18K yellow gold granulated spike earrings with diamonds (1.68 TCW).

fernfreemanjewelry.com

9,900

Advertisement

Nikos Koulis

18K yellow gold earrings with turquoise and white diamonds.

nikoskoulis.gr

Price on request

Kwiat

Fancy diamond hoops in multiple cuts in 18K white gold.

kwiat.com

$19,800

Continue Reading

Jewelry

Interlocking Ring Stacks, Blacksmith-Created Jewelry and More New Collections for November

Check out the latest jewelry collection releases.

mm

Published

on

14K yellow gold ring with amethyst.

Turn This Paige

Leslie Smith of Leslie Paige is a pastry chef turned jewelry designer who has made an immediate splash with her already iconic “perched setting” ring. Her eye-catching trademark ring literally turns convention on its side by angling a gemstone sideways to showcase the back as well as the front. lesliepaigejewelry.com

$2,640

Sterling silver earrings with iolite.

Gorgeous Gioielli

Elisa Melegari is an Italian bench jeweler and designer whose swirling, elegant designs are inspired by both her hometown and the romantic classicism of the Italian Renaissance. Traditional craftsmanship meets modern romance in this wearable and utterly lovely line. elisamelegari.com

$260

Advertisement

Adorn Yourself

Adornia’s cheeky, cheerful enamel jewelry is a whimsical throwback that any fun-loving jewelry aficionado is sure to find irresistible. This line is an array of cute but not saccharine delights at price points that will keep a smile on anyone’s face. adornia.com

14K yellow gold plated necklace set with enamel.

$48

Sterling silver pendant finished in 14K yellow gold.

Bold as Brass

E.W. Martingale is a collection of heirloom-quality necklaces inspired by the beauty and powerful symbolic meaning of traditional horse brasses. In true Kentucky style, these distinctive and wearable pieces are created by a local blacksmith. ewmartingale.com

$188

Advertisement

Interlocking ring stack in white ceramic and surgical steel with rose gold-toned ION plating and Swarovski elements.

Superior Stacking

Bering’s Arctic Symphony ring collection offers versatile, cost-effective, and beautiful pieces for both men and women who want a luxurious look that comes with built-in options. The unique “Twist and Change” system allows the wearer to switch the rings around or even add completely new inner rings to evolve the style over time! beringtime.com/us

$149

Continue Reading

Most Popular