Trends Interview

5 Questions for … Jared Lehr

How did you get into the jewelry business?  

My father was a self-taught jewelry artist who introduced me to the world of jewelry making. Being exposed to and observing him build these handheld pieces of art was magnetic.

What design element do you usually focus on?

My focus always is letting women express themselves through their jewelry. Anybody can wear diamonds, but a strong woman can express herself through her elegance. That’s where I come in.

How do you select your gems? 

I go all over the world to find my stones: Africa, South America, Asia. I work directly with miners and cutters to get the crème de la crème. I can say that I find them, but the truth is they find me. I know it right away. It hits me on the inside. It’s a euphoria.

Do you like to work with a particular stone or stones?

I’m drawn to the tourmaline family. It has greens, blues, reds and pinks. I think some Indicolite (blue-green) gems are prettier than emeralds. Paraiba from Brazil is a rare neon color tourmaline that I am obsessed with.

If you could design for one person living or dead, who would it be and why?

Princess Dianna would be my pick. She was a rebel and a risk
taker and didn’t care one bit about the outside noise. Alive person would be Zoe Saldana, she’s a fashion Icon.

Describe what you create and why?

I love what I do. My admiration for women is endless. I love
seeing their reaction when they confidently wear my jewelry. Deep down I’m a feminist! I create wearable art that allows women to have a voice through the jewelry they wear. Empowering women to be stronger through their selection of jewelry is my ultimate high.