By Tomboy KC | Photography by Danielle Sabol
When we met up with Beth Yorn, designer of stunning Elisabeth Bell Jewelry, we didn’t know what to expect. Her jewelry, which is all made in LA of the finest precious metals and stones, is highly coveted by Cameron Diaz, Kate Hudson and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and, you know, she’s also married to Pete Yorn. Needless to say, if she had been too cool for us, we would have understood.
She wasn’t. In fact, she was so incredibly wonderful we found ourselves chatting babies throughout the shoot and planning drinks for the next time she visited Dallas (she’s carried at Canary, you guys!). Relaxed, funny and so incredibly personable, Beth is the cool mom we all wanted and hope to be.
TKC: First off, your collection is absolutely gorgeous and we love that it is available here in Dallas at Canary! So tell us, how did the line come about?
BY: Thank you so much! I’ve always had a fascination with jewelry and, like most little girls, I loved picking through my mom and grandmother’s jewelry collection. I used to go to a local crystal store with my mom in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, called Crystal Essence. It was like I walked into some alternate Harry Potter-esq realm. I was fascinated by all of the sparkly gemstones and beads. I started making necklaces for friends and kept doing it as a hobby into my early 20’s. I eventually wanted to take it one step further and I signed up for a metal-smithing class at the Jewelry Arts Institute in New York. I had such a wonderful time learning about everything from the ancient technique of enameling to the art of lost wax. A few years later on a road trip from Omaha to Los Angeles with my husband, Pete, we stopped off at a sleepy mountain town and visited a local gem store. They had gorgeous fossils and a unique quartz egg in the store. I loved the pieces and their form. I decided to cast them into solid gold. That began my first collection for Elisabeth Bell Jewelry.
TKC: Why jewelry?
BY: I love the sentiment. More often than not people buy my pieces for special occasions. I love that there is a memory locked inside each piece that I create for someone.
TKC: Do you have a favorite piece?
BY: My diamond pave bobcat claw. It was the first one I ever made and it’s not perfect as it was a sample and I love it. I never take it off.
TKC: Your work is so stunning because the stones you use are works of art in and of themselves. The detail in each one is unbelievable. Where do you find your materials and how do you pick what stones use?
BY: Thank you so much! One of my favorite things to do is source stones. My husband (and now daughter) accompany on many of my buying trips. California has a ton of gem shows, and I find that many of the people selling at the shows have access to really unique material because they mine it themselves. Recently I got in touch with an incredible woman that owns a mine in Australia (I can’t tell you how, it’s a secret!) and that is where I found all of my newest Lavender opals. I’m obsessed with them. It’s so fun to find a unique material to work with, and that is important to me. I’m really picky when it comes to my stones. I want my customers to have pieces that feel truly unique.
TKC: All of this while being a mom – arguably the hardest job in the world. Any advice for moms out there doing the balancing act?
BY: Oh my goodness it’s so hard!! I fed my daughter sliced tomatoes for breakfast today because I know she loves them and they would keep her busy while I finished up orders. I wouldn’t say I have advice, I would just you are amazing!
TKC: How would you describe your personal style?
BY: Extremely casual. When I lived in New York I was much more fashion focused. Now, in Los Angeles, I feel like I can get away with anything. Let’s just say it takes a date night to get me into jeans and heels.
TKC: Do you have a work uniform of sorts?
BY: Workout clothes and that doesn’t always mean I’ve worked out.
TKC: Is there a particular designer or look that you tend to favor?
BY: Ive really been loving The Great. Their clothes are beautiful and extremely soft.
TKC: What is one jewelry item that is safe to buy on a budget?
BY: An evil eye necklace or ring. They come in all different prices and we all could use a little protection. I wear my eye ring every day.
TKC: One worth splurging on?
BY: Re-setting an heirloom that you never wear. My mom had a necklace that just sat in the drawer as it was super 1972, and not in a good way. So I pulled the stones and set them in a ring that I never take off.
TKC: Name one beauty product you couldn’t live without.
BY: Hourglass foundation. It fools people into thinking I’ve actually slept!
TKC: What is the lost song you had playing on your iPod/iPhone?
BY: Pete Yorn, Same Thing
TKC: What’s your ringtone?
BY: Im so boring! Playtime… I think it came with my phone?
TKC: Coffee or tea?
BY: Coffee, lots and lots of coffee…
TKC: Mascara or Lipstick?
TKC: Instagram or Snapchat?
BY: Mmm, I love my Instagram, it’s @elisabethbelljewelry!
TKC: In high school you would have been voted most likely to…
BY: Be the worst dancer in the room, always.