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Inside Zoë Chicco’s Los Angeles Jewelry Studio

She makes pieces Karlie Kloss and Jennifer Lawrence wear every day.

Inside Zoë Chicco’s Los Angeles Jewelry Studio
Emily Knecht

Being as extra as we are, naturally we’re drawn towards things bright and sparkly—the bigger and sparklier, generally, the better. But there is something to be said for more subtle pieces, especially when they’re as beautifully designed and wearable as Zoë Chicco’s designs.

If you don’t know her name, you definitely know her work—it adorns the ears, necks, and fingers of the likes of Karlie Kloss, Serena Williams, and Jennifer Lawrence. Chicco basically pioneered the whole subtle, personal jewelry movement, and 18 years after the brand’s launch, she’s still going strong out of her Los Angeles studio. And while diamonds are her favorite stones to work with, she recently launched a collaboration with Gemfields using ethically sourced precious gems, too.

We were lucky enough to get a behind-the-scenes peek at her workshop and showroom, and hear how a math teacher got her started in jewelry.

“In high school, I was lucky enough to have an art teacher who was a metalsmith. She sort of took me under her wing and taught me some of the basics, and I fell in love with it. I continued my studies in college and majored in studio art with a concentration in metal smithing. After graduation, I worked as a bench jeweler for several different designers on both coasts, while working on my own designs as well in my spare time. Once I had honed my skills, I went out on my own. I launched my brand 18 years ago, designing and making each piece by hand from a closet in my apartment in San Francisco. That was it—I never looked back.”
Part of the series:

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