To my dearest:
Last week, I shared a favorite local beauty brand with you all. This week, I want to share with you a new jewelry brand that is also local to us New Yorkers! As I mentioned previously, as a native New Yorker, I love discovering and supporting local small businesses with good business practices. And in the case with jewelry, I’m always attracted by the story behind each designer and piece. Best of all, this brand is tailored for petite women – which is definitely a plus in my books! I’ve always struggled to find jewelry that fit me without having to be resized. KarenAsh designed by Ashlee Wainer definitely fits the bill!
KarenAsh is a brand designed by Ashlee Wainer – a nurse, an artist, and a trendsetter. Her love for gems and handcrafted jewelry was inherited from her great grandfather, who was also a jewelry designer in the 1900s. All her jewelry designs are a reflection of her passions and what she learned in life from her loved ones and patients from the time she was a nurse. Through her pieces, she wants to convey that “true passion is born from experience, resilience, and broadening of horizons.” Each of her designs are sketched by hand, and most are wax carved and metalsmith by hand as well.
These are an assortment of beautiful pink tourmaline rings. Ashlee believes in nature’s beauty. Most will choose stones that are perfect, but not Ashlee. She sees beauty in gems that are flawed and she deems it as “perfectly flawed”. I was completely sold on the idea. The inclusions in the gems make for a one of a kind stone with different patterns on them.
These rings are perfect for petites. I can’t stress how hard it is for me to find rings that fit me. On an average, most brands ranges from size 6 and up. Well for me, I am typically a size 3.75-4.25 depending on the brand. You can imagine what a stretch it is for me. These rings are perfect as pinky rings, wearing alone, or for stacking.This has got to be one of my favorites. The deco ring is inspired by the 1920s motifs, which Ashlee adores. It is a ring with one design and an array of options. She designed it with her customers in mind – for them to be able to create a custom ring tailored to their style by choosing from a wide variety of stones. This is definitely a statement piece that is classic, timeless, and will draw attention. I wore this for a dinner event and got so many compliments for it!
I also love that KarenAsh has great business practices in terms of social responsibility! All their diamonds are conflict-free, ethically sourced through their supplier who certifies compliance with the Kimberley Process. They are also mindful of their carbon footprint by using post-consumer recycled materials whenever possible.
In addition, I love when I know something good comes from a purchase. For their brand, every purchase made returns 10% of the cost back to the community through direct donation to Suicide Prevention Crisis Centers nationwide. I think it’s a great cause to be supporting.
I’ll be first to admit, most of my fine jewelry pieces are from designers such as Tiffanys, David Yurman, Tacori and the likes. I am experienced with shopping for fine jewelry, so I also have to admit, the price of KarenAsh pieces range quite similar to those designers. However, I find that supporting a local designer with the heart of doing what she loves outweighs the price. Each design and piece is handcrafted with love from the sketch design process to the final crafting. I can’t imagine anything more beautiful than that.
I’m proud to be working with KarenAsh as their brand ambassador. I’m so excited with all the collaborations to come. This is a project that was discussed over a long span of time with various meetings, before we decided to work together. Getting to know Ashlee first hand, I can see that she is a talented jewelry designer – with abundant love for each of her designs. She also taught me how to handle fine jewelry and take care of it.
I will conclude that, this post and review came genuinely from my admiration for Ashlee and her dedication to creating fine jewelry for petites. So rather than saying this is a “sponsored” post. I hope you all can read it as a token of appreciation for art and the designer. Also, I love giving shout outs to local small businesses and brands that I love. I hope to share more with you all in the future! Let me know what you think of the designs! Hope to hear from you all!
PS: Here are some more of the variation of the designs, from her LOOK BOOK.
For reference, I am 5 feet 2 inches. I typically wear XS/S or 0-4 for apparel and 6.5-7.5 for shoes.