New Zealand-born, London-based jeweler, Jessica McCormack, has built her brand on the idea that jewelry should be really worn, not tucked away waiting for special occasions. We chatted with the mother of three about her journey to becoming a jewelry designer and how she finds peace both at home and through her work.


 

Kayla Shirt in Santa Cruz

Jolene in Stormy


Can you think of the moment that inspired you to start your career?

In my 20’s I moved to London for an internship at Sotheby’s and it was there that I really fell in love with jewellery. Seeing 1920’s Cartier, Lalique and Russian Crown Jewels up close for the first time – I felt like.. I want to do this, I want to create beautiful things.

 

What is one thing you wish you would have known before becoming a jewelry designer?

It’s going to be really hard work! It will pay off, but it will be really, really hard work.

 

What is the best advice you have ever received?

One of my business partners once told me: ‘If something looks too good to be true… that’s probably is’ – I think in business that’s a good one to remember.  

 

What is the best advice you have to give?

I prefer proverbs to giving advice. I like - ‘write injuries in the sand, and kindness in marble’ – meaning, let some things go, but hold onto the good.

 

 

Kayla Shirt in Santa Cruz

Jolene in Stormy


When in life do you feel the most at peace?

I feel peaceful at home with my husband, when all my kids are in bed and the house feels quiet – that’s a really peaceful feeling. And to be honest I feel peace when I’m in our Townhouse, surrounded by my team and beautiful things, it’s a happy place to be.

 

When do you feel the most alive?

When I get the chance to go back to New Zealand. Maybe it’s something about going home.  

 

Something that makes you optimistic for the future?

My kids make me feel optimistic, seeing the way they learn, interact with each other, how kind they are. It makes me feel good about the future.

 

Goldie Tee in Soft White

Gaucho in Sodapop


When in life do you feel the most at peace?

I feel peaceful at home with my husband, when all my kids are in bed and the house feels quiet – that’s a really peaceful feeling. And to be honest I feel peace when I’m in our Townhouse, surrounded by my team and beautiful things, it’s a happy place to be.

 

When do you feel the most alive?

 When I get the chance to go back to New Zealand. Maybe it’s something about going home.  

 

Something that makes you optimistic for the future?

My kids make me feel optimistic, seeing the way they learn, interact with each other, how kind they are. It makes me feel good about the future.

 

Goldie Tee in Soft White

Gaucho in Sodapop


 

Aideen Henley in Navy

Gaucho in Sodapop


 

 

 

 

 

 

"My kids make me feel optimistic, seeing the way they learn, interact with each other, how kind they are. It makes me feel good about the future."
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aideen Henley in Navy

Gaucho in Sodapop



 

Isabel Tank in Black

Jolene in Stormy