Featured Designer - KariBeth

What made you want to start KariBeth Jewelry?

I began making jewelry as a creative outlet while working a regular 9-5 after moving back home from Detroit, where I was a Crafts major in college. I've always had the need to be creating with my hands. But, it wasn't until I moved to NYC several years later that I would combine my jewelry making with my obsession with antiquing. I fell in love with the process of hunting for special heirloom pieces and the challenge of recreating them into modern day jewelry.

What are your current design influences? 

Overall, I'm mostly influenced by the unique vintage pieces that I find. But, I also find that my jewelry designs are highly influenced by my love of interior design. I feel that a person's fashion style doesn't stray too far from their home decor style. Currently, I'm obsessed with Kelly Wearstler, and I think that the way she puts things together in a space is genius. I'm incredibly inspired by her mix of metals, textures, shapes, and color combinations. 

Name four key words that describe your aesthetic.

 Unique, timeless, playful, complex

Rorschach inkblot necklace

Is there one design that you're particularly proud of? That said THIS is what KariBeth Jewelry is all about?

The pieces that truly challenge me are my favorite, so I would say any of my Rorschach Inkblot pieces. They're like putting together a complex 3D puzzle, and they make me really think outside the box. They also showcase my obsession with symmetry. 

What is it like to be a Creative in Nashville?

I think that Nashville is very receptive, nurturing, and supportive to those that are creative. I feel that there are so many creatives here in Nashville, and as much as we cheer on each other, the community is also rooting for our success.

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