We had the good fortune of connecting with Krissy Patterson and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Krissy, what do you attribute your success to?
This is such an interesting question because it really depends on what success means to the individual. When I initially started LoveJames Jewelry, I was a new mother, and I really wanted a creative outlet. Once I started making jewelry, it felt familiar to me and like an ease to my heart, and that was something I needed at the time. As I continue to create jewelry, I feel so much joy and excitement when I finish a product that I am proud of. It doesn’t have to do with whether I will sell it or not; if I love it and it feels right, then I’ve succeeded. When I remember why I started creating and why I continue doing it, that’s when I feel the most successful.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I began LoveJames Jewelry in the Summer of 2019 because I realized I wanted something more in my life. I was a first-time mother, and my son James was about 18 months old. I finally felt like I had my feet on the ground but felt very complacent with the day-to-day. It was as though something was missing in my life. It all started with the idea of making beaded bracelets for fun. I’d make them for my friends, or I’d give them away, and it felt so fulfilling to me. Then I began making beaded necklaces, earrings, anklets. I’d use different kinds of beads, pearls, and lots of colors; it just felt so good to create. I did not expect things to continue the way they have. Oddly enough, during COVID, I was extremely busy… people wanted pretty jewelry that they could add to their WFH attire or loungewear since we were all mostly home. Clients sent customized bracelets to friends and family that represented hope and love. It was a very dark time for many of us, and this was a way for me to spread love and joy. I eventually started a website and now try to create capsule collections with one-of-a-kind pieces or limited edition pieces. I have classic and on-trend gold-filled jewelry, and then there are the beaded fun pieces. I also have a small FINE collection that consists of 14k gold, diamonds, and mixed gemstones.

There is a nice mix of jewelry to choose from depending on one’s style. I continue to realize that none of this would have begun if I hadn’t followed my heart, taken a chance, and received such incredible support. I keep reminding myself, this is all actually for me, to create and hold space for myself. It’s not really about how much I sell, and I have a family that is my first priority, so sometimes the jewelry takes a back seat. There’s no balancing over here. I do what I can when I can. Now, when I create new pieces, the intention is fully there, and so is the excitement over the finished product. If you love it, that is the bonus!

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Oh I love this… too many to name, but here are some of my OG favorites. Starting downtown, we’d have lunch at the San Diego Yacht Club… it is members only, but it’s not as fancy as it sounds. It’s laid back, historical, you’re right on the water, and they have the best Aperol Spritz’s. Then we’d take a nice stroll through the Japanese Friendship Gardens in Balboa Park. They’re beautiful, especially during the Spring when the cherry blossoms are in bloom. You feel like you’re somewhere else. We’d have to make a stop at my favorite local beach, Windansea because it has good people watching and it’s such a beautiful beach. I couldn’t miss a visit to one of my favorites cafes in La Jolla Village, Parakeet Cafe. Their matcha lattes are the best. Definitely head up north to Cedros Street, where there are super cute shops like Tucci, Cedros Soles, and Solo, to name a few. At some point during the week, we’d walk down to the local bakery, Wayfarer Bread, they have the best pastries. We’d have to visit Piazza 1909, one of our favorite Italian restaurants for dinner, or The Fishery, for some delicious seafood. We’d do so much more, visit, eat, or drink, but these are always our go-to’s when visitors are in town.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Pretty much ALL of the women in my life, whether it be family, friends, clients, or acquaintances, have encouraged and supported me in one way or another throughout this experience. I could not be more grateful for each and every one of them. Feeling supported by other women is by far the best feeling.

Website: www.lovejamesjewelry.com

Instagram: @lovejamesjewelry

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