Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Mark Patterson Jewelry

As a jewelry lover, I am so thankful to have had the opportunity to stop by Mark Patterson Jewelry in Corona del Mar, CA.  It was a pleasure meeting Josette; the store and jewelry were spectacular.  The jewelry is incredibly well made and the designs show strong attention to detail.   

Mark Patterson Jewelry was founded in 1985 by Josette and Mark Patterson in NYC and have since moved their business to southern California (in 2010).  The brand reflects their creative partnership, and defines their design philosophy to create jewelry made ethically in their studio with the finest gemstones and the best quality in craftsmanship.  Their line offers both fashion and bridal jewelry and is sold throughout the US.  For a list of authorized retailers, visit Mark Patterson Online.

Q&A with Josette and Mark Patterson
Describe the design process.
The design process has always been a collaboration between Mark and I.  One of the most important rules was that if one of us didn’t like a certain direction we were taking while designing a collection, we wouldn’t proceed.  We would start again from scratch.  The fact that we are constantly questioning our designs - looking at small details, making sure all the components work together - is what we are known for.

Where do you find inspiration for your bridal/ fashion collections?
I used to give a lecture to my design students in NY about inspiration.  I used to tell them to open their eyes and see, to get inspired by everything that is around them and not to look at magazines to see what other people are doing.  It is harder to take that route but in the end it is the best one.  A lot of our inspiration has come from nature and then nature incorporated with form.  Japanese art has been a great inspiration throughout our lives.  We have taken that  clean aesthetic and translated it into many designs, from the first gold collections that we made and the simplification of the form in many others. “Promise,” our bridal collection, was started right after September 11 from the fear of not being able to keep all of our employees.  It was a great decision and we innovated a lot.  We lightened up the settings, we lowered the stones, we had fun.  Our fashion collections evolved from the Intensity collection - known for graduated tones of sapphires and diamonds - into Samba - which was the random dance of these tones - to Tango, which is still the dance of these tones but with a very different setting. Fusion was the semi precious of all these colors.  Essentials evolved into Aura with long dangling pear shapes and micro pave diamonds started way back in 2005.  This is just to name a few, Graffiti is inspired by urban art, Zen inspired by trips to the Far East, and Garden was started years ago with all the flower pins we made.

What is your favorite collection of jewelry?
I don’t think that we have a favorite collection, I would say we have favorite pieces from all the different collections that we made.  The 18/24K bracelets, the intensity flowers, the Paraiba ring from the Zen Collection, an incredible Diamond necklace from the essentials and most of the long dangling earrings from Aura.  The Samba stilettos and the simplicity of Tango….

How has the jewelry industry changed in the last 30 years?
The industry has changed in many ways.  The jewelry is crafted differently.  Years ago you relied on model makers who were great craftsmen and worked from drawings that were drafted.  You made a jewelry piece with several components and incredible mechanisms.  A well made piece had weight to it, it was made to last and to be passed on as an heirloom.  The introduction of CAD has simplified the industry.  Anyone with very little background can use it, and making jewelry has become a lot easier.  Unfortunately, it is sad to see that a lot of companies have moved their manufacturing abroadand we are slowly witnessing the disappearance of  well made American jewelry.  Stone cutting has improved a lot and the public is more aware about responsible sourcing.

What is next for Mark Patterson?
A lot of interesting things that are part of our lifestyle and that we will be adding to the store.  We want our store to be a reflection of who we are.  More local artist shows, and a continuous presence of art and ceramics. 

Mark Patterson Flagship Store:
3425 East Coast Highway
Corona del Mar, CA 92625
866.221.6593


















Rendering by Josette Patterson





Collection of pins made exclusively for Tiffany & Co.
Renderings by Josette Patterson
Pin made exclusively for Tiffany & Co.
Rendering by Josette Patterson
Renderings by Josette Patterson
Rendering by Josette Patterson
Rendering by Josette Patterson
Rendering by Josette Patterson
Rendering by Josette Patterson

Mark Patterson Flagship Store:
3425 East Coast Highway
Corona del Mar, CA 92625
866.221.6593

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