Bonnie Heras is the founder of Bonde Jewelry and the first of our monthly profiles of 2015 Halstead Grant Finalists. Finalists’ applications are judged on design as well as business acumen. Halstead president Hilary Halstead Scott says, “I love Bonnie’s style. There are a lot of pieces here that you could wear everyday and her business plan is very well thought-out.”
Bonde is the concept of Bonnie Heras, professional jewelry designer, metalsmith and educator. Bonnie says, “How a piece feels on your skin, for me, is just as important as its visual impact. When a piece is placed on the body, it exerts a force. It also interacts with — and even invades — personal space. I aim to create pieces that waver between seen and unseen; that sometimes draw attention; that sometimes recede quietly into the surface of your skin. I aim to create pieces that unveil you; that conceal you; that become you.”
The Halstead Grant competition began in 2006 to inspire the pursuit of excellence in design and business practices in the jewelry arts community. Applicants must submit a design portfolio in addition to elements of a successful business plan including marketing strategy, production capacity and financial analysis.
Halstead’s mission is to support jewelry entrepreneurs with quality jewelry supplies and great service. The company was founded 42 years ago and is now managed by the second generation of the Halstead family.