An Exclusive Q&A with Designer John Meier (Part 1)

John Meier is a master at the art of fantastic color gemstones and unique designs. Being one of your (and our) favorite designers, John shares some of his favorite things in our special Q&A. 

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John showcasing his latest designs at Designers of the Bay hosted by The Women's Jewelry Association in San Francisco. 


Q: How did you get started designing jewelry?  

A: I started making things very early in life. It was always in my blood. 


Q: What was the first piece you ever designed? 

A: I made “found objects jewelry” which put me through college. My first piece sold was a bracelet with many strands of red African glass beads with an antique diamond clasp. 


Q: What was your first job? 

A: Working for a Vet in high school. 


Q: If you weren’t designing jewelry, what would you be doing? 

A: Drawing and painting. 


Q: Tell us about the single piece of jewelry you’re most proud of 

A: I love everything! 


Q: What jewelry are you wearing right now? 

A: My 24k gold wedding band we bought in Burma. 


Q: Name five items currently on your desk 

A: Cup of coffee, colored pencils, drawing paper, tray of moonstones, Diptyque candle. 


Q: What’s your scent? 

A: Rarely wear one, but I melt when a woman wears Shalimar. Go figure. 


Q: What book are you currently reading? 

A: Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens 


Q: And a book you’ve been meaning to get to? 

A: A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara 


Q: Describe your personal style 

A: Clean & spare. 


Q: Shhh.. tell us your guilty pleasures 😉 

A: English toffee, flying business class, dry gin martini 🍸 


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