Jennifer Wills, a 2012 & 2014 Halstead Grant Finalist, designs modern pieces using familiar geometrical forms.
Jennifer’s first memory of jewelry was at an early age when she raided her mother’s jewelry box and became immersed by the glittering jewels she discovered. Growing up, her artistic nature flourished and so she decided to attend both the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC and also Southampton College on Long Island where she had been raised.
After earning a B.F.A in Fine Arts she worked in fashion houses in NYC before heading to the west coast to experience new cultures and ideas. Finding a metalsmith shop one day, she was instantly drawn to jewelry again and applied for the William Goldberg Diamond Corporation scholarship. She received the coveted award and attended the Gemological Institute of America in Carlsbad, CA where she received her G.J. in Jewelry Manufacturing Arts.
Jennifer’s designs mix 14kt gold and silver with precious and semi-precious stones. You can purchase her items on Etsy with prices ranging between $175-4,500. To see her collections and learn more about her work, visit her website at JW Metal Arts.
Halstead awards a business grant to a new jewelry designer in the bridge segment each summer. The grant awards $6,000 in start-up capital and merchandise to a new design company. If you are starting a new jewelry design business, please check out the 2015 jewelry grant application and eligibility details.