Tuesday, October 9

Profile: Mesi Jilly

Last week I did a post on self-taught jewelry designer Mesi Jilly. From all the comments received it seems as though I am not alone in my admirations for the beautiful rings designed by Marie Therese “Mesi” Jilly.

Originally from Austria, Mesi Jilly, 29, was raised in France, Italy and Chile. Prior to launching her jewelry company, she worked for six years in public relations for luxury brands such as Ralph Lauren and Jil Sander. After moving to New York, she decided to follow her real passion and create her own jewelry line in 2005.

How did you get your start in jewelry design?
I am fascinated by seashells and making jewelry was always my dream. I was walking along the beach on holiday a few years ago and came across a stunning shell. I picked it up and it really reminded me of a ring. The idea hit me there and then - I wanted to make jewelery, but something very spirited and unique – a beautiful reminder of warm and fun-filled summer nights.

What do you love most about your work?
What I love about my rings is that they dress up an outfit on their own and that they are very versatile. They look great with just a t-shirt and jeans but can also look fantastic with and elegant evening gown.

What would people be most surprised to learn about you?
I think nothing has ever surprised anyone I am such an open book, I always say what I think.

Where is your favorite place to vacation
That’s tough because I adore so many beach places but I would say Mykonos. We go there every summer and have the best time!

What is your favorite luxury in life
Exploring new places and traveling around the world with my husband.

Who are you style icons
Grace Kelly. I am always amazed by her beauty and elegance.

What is your favorite book?
I just recently read a book called Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert. It's a wonderful, wonderful book that I really enjoyed.


Brilliant Asylum said...

She is just as beautiful as her jewelry. I love these rings that you have introduced. Anything that reminds me of the ocean automatically makes me feel peaceful.

Anonymous said...

I agree with Brilliant Asylum! I am in love with her rings!!!

Habitually Chic said...

I LOVE big rings and hers are just fabulous. And I love that she like Eat, Pray, Love too. It's one of my favorite books!

diana murphy said...

Lovely! And I appreciate your mentioning that "she decided to follow her real passion." That's inspiring.

Suzy said...

Another great profile, you always find the most intersting people!