If diamonds are a girl’s best friend, then we are feeling very loved indeed – thanks to the gorgeous baubles and jewelry that designer extraordinaire, Cindy Ensor, delights us with at Huff Harrington Home.
Our story with Cindy began a couple years ago when our head buyer (and jewelry lover), Allison, brought a delectable little sampling to the office. It was a lovely organic collection of natural horn mixed with metals, beads and leather. We said yes on the spot, put it out on the floor and watched it fly out the door.
And that was the beginning of a beautiful relationship with the talented – and fun and funny – Cindy. We’ve loved watching her develop her line, hone her eye and perfect her technique. Best of all, we’re enthralled with the way she uses her materials to create interesting, wearable and drool-worthy jewelry. All of us at the store own at least one piece – and we fight over who gets to model the hottest new pieces.
We had a chance to sit down with Cindy and find out what makes her tick. Read on…
CE: I stopped working in the medical field for a few years because of health concerns and to spend more time with the kids while they were young. My daughter was interested in taking a jewelry making class. She was 11 at the time and busy with sports. I was getting bored – and began using her supplies to experiment. I started taking classes at Spruill Arts Center and became addicted.
HHH: tell us about your design inspiration. Where does it come from?
CE: my design inspiration comes from everyday life. I see shapes and try and create jewelry form the shapes that I see day to day. My Angel Cross is a perfect example. I have collected rare bottles that have crosses welded on the top. The crystals are from old chandeliers and make the most interesting crosses.
HHH: speaking of inspired, tell us about the cameos. We love how you’ve taken something old-fashioned and made it new, stylish and fun. We’re just crazy about them and our clients can’t get enough of them.
CE: well, that’s another example of how I get inspired by what I see on a daily basis. At my wedding, I wore a cameo that was borrowed from my maid of honor’s grandmother. I walked by and saw the old picture on my dresser and thought about re-inventing the cameo.
HHH: Your jewelry is always a textural treat. What are your favorite materials to work with and why?
CE: I like to use natural stones. My favorites are pyrite, labradorite and moonstone. I used be in the medical field and loved to research new methods and treatment techniques. I spend a lot of time reading and researching the meaning of stones. Labradorite is often called the Stone of Magic. It is known for its healing energy and for self-discovery. Moonstone is also one of my favorites. I like to recommend to brides because it supposedly brings passion into a relationship. I like to think that these little stones intervene in our lives when they are chosen and given as gifts. (HHH: love this!)
HHH: what kind of woman wears your pieces and do you keep her in mind when you’re designing or do the pieces “design themselves” as you go?
CE:I like women to be able to use their old pieces with a fresh look so I like my collections to expand a woman’s jewelry wardrobe.. I also really focus hard on making pieces that fit every budget and that are great for gift giving. (HHH: hint, hint – Cindy will personally work with you to introduce new pieces that enhance your current collection. We’ve seen her in action and it’s pretty impressive.)
CE: I mostly like to try new places. My favorite vacation spot is St Barths. It is one of the few destinations I have returned to. The world is a big place.
CE: I really get inspiration from day to day living.
HHH: We’re sure your pieces are like children and you can’t play favorites. But…if you had to, what’s your favorite piece and why?
CE: I would have to say my cameos. The cameos cover everything that we have been talking about. In designing this collection I had to spend a lot of time researching. I had to find a source for the actual carving. My collection is hand carved in a small town in Italy. I will visit this location one day! I love cameos because they are such a work of art that tell a story in every piece. I love designing new images and also finding old ones during my travels and on the internet. Adding a cameo to your everyday jewelry can make such a statement but still be worn everyday.
CE: they are very different. Atlanta is very progressive. We love to layer and we love to mix our metals. It has been fun showing this as I travel. (HHH Hint: we love the unexpected combo of leather, beads, diamonds and horn…so layer them on, ladies!)
A big merci to Cindy for sharing her thoughts with us. And lucky for all of us, Cindy just dropped off a new batch that you need to see to believe at Huff Harrington so come by – and let her diamonds be your best friends, too.