Ballet dancer turned jewelry designer, Jamie Wolf knows how to be successful in more than just one field. From a dancer in Black Swan to designing Natalie Portman’s engagement ring, Jamie has made it big in the biz–it’s her brand’s 10th year anniversary! She has suggested some stunning pieces for the holidays, and cannot wait to continue her partnership with New York City Ballet. Read on, as below is my interview with Jamie.
S: How did you go from being a dancer to a jewelry designer?
J: It was a really fluid transition for me. When I was a dancing for New York City Ballet, designing jewelry was my hobby. My influences change each season, but I always begin with clean shapes.
S: How does your jewelry reflect your personal style?
J: My personal style is reflected in the details of each piece. I create pieces I would wear. I also always think of my customer — it’s important to me for clients to be able to wear my designs in their own way and make them part of their individual style.
S: You designed Natalie Portman’s wedding ring. Details!!!
J: Benjamin Millepied, Natalie’s fiance, is a friend and former colleague of mine (we danced together at New York City Ballet). I worked with Benjamin on the ring design — he wanted to surprise Natalie.
S: How have you developed such a great celebrity following?
J: A mix of an incredibly supportive group of editors, stylists, and celebrities.
S: What are some pieces in your collection that you recommend as holiday gifts?
J: In celebration of my brand’s tenth anniversary, I partnered with New York City Ballet and created a Signature Collection with fifty percent of the proceeds benefitting NYCB’s fundraising campaign, Turn Out. The collection is sold in our online boutique.
S: What are two gifts that you would love to receive for the holidays this year?
J: A Bottega Veneta iPad case and a vacation somewhere warm!