When the thought of a Sheriff’s badge, vintage Cracker Jack treats, broken teacups, and antique draw-pulls come to mind, I don’t really think of jewelry. But, one “out of this world” designer, has me thinking twice.
A true Houstonian (i.e. one who grows up in Houston, Texas), Georgiann Sanders is a mother, wife, daughter and granddaughter, who found inspiration in her grandmother’s timeless jewelry. Sanders started by constructing architectural items such as fireplace mantels and large chandeliers, with seashells and other unusual artifacts, until she realized her abilities to create her designs into jewelry. “I had always combined antique jewelry with seashells and other coastal items in my design. I soon found myself working on smaller items like boxes, clocks, and hand mirrors. Jewelry was a natural transition for me.”
It is Sanders’s cuffs that stole my heart, as they are truly one-of-a-kind; not one piece is a replica of another. Sanders describes her jewelry best, “One of a kind, unique in design, keepsakes that can be elegant or edgy. They enhance the natural beauty of every woman who wears them, and can make a bold or softly elegant statement. They make every day feel like a special occasion when worn. When you wear one, you are guaranteed to turn heads.”
And it’s true, every time I wear one of my cuffs by Georgiann Sanders, I receive compliments about how gorgeous it is– so I wanted to share her designs with you. If you are interested in purchasing something, send Georgiann an email, provided at the end of her interview, below.
What does the “Houston Woman” look for when it comes to jewelry?
The Houston Woman is looking for jewelry that is as unique as she is. Houston is an international city of diverse women, and none of them want a cookie-cutter look. They enjoy looking feminine with a bold edge.
How is your jewelry made?
On my cuff bracelets, I use any metal, as long as my eye approves the bend, curve and color. I then begin to sculpt with vintage and antique finds, merging them with other unique items into wearable art. Seashells, a tin sheriff’s badge and rhinestone brooches may be combined into the item. You name it, I have used it– vintage Cracker Jack treats, broken teacups, antique draw-pulls, Chanel chains, baroque pearls and so much more, all find their way into my designs. They may appear on a necklace, cuff bracelet or belt buckle.
What inspires your designs?
My travels have been a source of inspiration. I’ve traveled to so many beautiful and unusual places. Mostly, women are my inspiration– I enjoy celebrating them, making them feel and look good. My designs are so unique because every woman is so unique.
Is there someone or something that has made an impact in your life, as a designer?
My grandmother and her 1800s-1900s jewelry made an impact on me. We would sit in her room and she would go over each piece with me, explaining it– vintage shoe clips, hatpins and so much more. I was fascinated by her collection.
Describe your personal fashion sense.
I am extravagant yet practical, so I like basic colors– black and white, and I use my jewelry to create my look for the occasion; perhaps wearing ripped jeans and a crisp white t-shirt along with some of my wild cuff bracelets. I wear what makes me happy.
Do you have a favorite jewelry designer?
I admire Miriam Haskell. The textures of cream, white, brown, and gold wired flowers, and faux pearls are so romantic.
If you had to choose one person in the world to wear your jewelry everyday, who would it be?
I can’t think of any woman I wouldn’t want to wear my jewelry, from celebrities and socialites to everyday women. Every woman has a unique story to tell and my designs help her tell that story. Every woman is beautiful and fascinating and my jewelry celebrates that.
Tell us about a high and low time in your career as a jewelry designer.
Hurricane Ike took our coastal area for a rough ride. Overcoming that was a challenge, but our entire community pulled together to help each other. I still have ups and downs. The secret to dealing with that is to try not to let the highs and lows measure your success.
What advice can you give to other women who would like to start their own jewelry design business?
Never lose your sense of humor, learn who your clients are, stay true to your vision. You can be inspired by others, but never copy! Let your unique voice be heard.
Do you live by a certain quote every day? If so, what is it?
“It is what it is.” I don’t like to go backwards, so I find I must accept things as they are, and move forward.
Where can we find/buy your jewelry pieces?
Email me at email@example.com
I can send pictures and prices. I take credit cards over the phone and can mail your purchase.
100% satisfaction is my goal. My items have a lifetime guarantee.