How did you get into jewelry? What do you love most about it?
I grew up in and around antiques. My mom was an antique dealer and enthusiast. I always thought this was normal until I started becoming aware at sleepovers and playdates that not everyone lived in a house with old and extremely breakable things. Jewelry was an extension of that passion for my mom and for me as well. My favorite thing to do as a child was to go to the safety deposit box with my mom and have her tell me our family history and stories through these precious objects.
What I love most about jewelry is two-fold. I obviously love how beautiful jewelry is. There is nothing else in the world that rivals an exceptional Art Deco diamond ring or an opal with lots of fiery intensity. But really, I love how these little treasures carry our energy and stories within them. There’s something about a diamond ring that a woman wore every day for 60 years, or an Edwardian brooch worn for generations in a family on special occasions. I believe pieces like these carry energy, that there is something magnetic about them. It gives me the chills just thinking about it.
Tell us a little about your blog?
I started my blog at the same time I launched my website. I really love sharing my experiences and finds from out in the jewelry world and around the internet. I was very resistant to a jewelry focused instagram but now I love it! It's so satisfying to on-the-go share with the people that follow and support me. It's also put me in a community of fellow jewelry enthusiasts that love the same things I do.
Check it out at www.sunnysbond.com/the-jewelry-blog
What is your passion when it comes to jewelry?
I love antique and vintage pieces with great design. I shouldn’t say this because I’m a GG, but sometimes it’s more about a great setting or the look of the piece rather than if it has a perfect stone. I love the way colored stones can come together in an unexpected way. I love a great designer's pieces. This past winter, Verdura celebrated its 75th anniversary with an exhibit in NY. It was exhilarating to see famous pieces that have only been seen in photos for so many years, like Coco Chanel’s cuffs she wore every single day. I was in awe of every single piece, I had to be dragged out kicking and screaming.
What is your favorite piece of jewelry in the JJ Number 8 collection?
Oh my gosh, that's so hard, I love them all!! I think my ab fab faves are the signature 2-Tone Marquise Hoops in yellow gold. I would wear those so hard!
What is your most prized possession?
My pup, Fanny A. Lamb Skurow Bond <3. I guess she's not a possession, but oh well...