Jessica wears the Kayla Shirt in Hidden Hills



Style Guide with Jessica McCormack
The Jeweler Creating Future Heirlooms

Photographed by Evie Mackay



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. Creating pieces that work with women’s wardrobes comes naturally to the mother of three who understands that motherhood, and life for that matter, can be, “exhausting, inspiring, grueling, and soul enhancing all at the same time.”

 

We are pleased to currently offer Jessica’s jewelry collection at HUMANITY Aspen.


 

Isabel Tank in Sandatlas

Dylan in Misfit


As you know, we are the biggest fans of your work. Can you tell us a little bit more about how your brand came to be? 

Well that makes me happy, as I’m one of yours! My father was an antiques dealer in New Zealand, so I grew up around incredible art and antiques and interesting objects. And then when I moved to London in my mid-20’s it was actually for an internship at Sotheby’s in their jewellery department – which I got through a woman I met on holiday and then wrote to incessantly asking for a placement. It was at Sotheby’s that I not only met one of my future business partners, but also where I was introduced to beautiful jewellery for the first time. That’s where I saw Crown Jewels and 1920’s Cartier and Lalique – and started to think ‘I want to do this’. It’s all been a mixture of serendipitous moments, and some tenacity on my part. 

 

Being New Zealand-born and now London-based, how to do you feel that your past and your present surroundings contribute to your design approach? 

I feel like my style is really rooted in my New Zealand upbringing. I wear a lot of jeans, and I love a good white t-shirt, or a simple shirt. In the summer in London, that look - with sandals - is my uniform. And that love of laid-back style is present in my jewellery too, I think. Diamonds can be very serious, but I want my jewellery to feel fun. I want it to be really worn, and so that’s how I approach design. I want my clients to have jewellery that they can return to every day, sleep in if they like! 

 

Isabel Tank in Sandatlas

Dylan in Misfit


 

 

In celebration of Mother’s Day, we’ve partnered with LA-based artists, The Haas Brothers, for our limited-edition EMC Collection. Having collaborated with the Haas Brothers yourself on two exclusive collections, can you tell us about your approach to collaborative projects? 

I love Niki and Simon so much – and I’m sure you’ll agree that they are a complete dream to work with. They’re the kindest, the most fun, the hardest working people and I think our creative brains actually work in quite a similar way. A hands-on approach is really important to us all, everything at JMc is made here at our workshop in the Townhouse - which is similar to the way that Niki and Simon create their pieces. We were working on our collection together whilst separated by distance and time zone differences – so we did it all over WhatsApp really, floating ideas about and bouncing sketches between us, until the ideas came to life. In the end the jewellery felt like art. And I think when collaborating in general that’s key – finding a partnership that feels natural and easy, when there’s a real feeling of synergy. That’s when you know it’s a collab that will work.

 

You’ve redefined how women wear fine jewelry by creating pieces that effortlessly enhance the modern woman’s wardrobe and lifestyle. Can you tell us how jewelry plays a role in your daily wardrobe? Which comes first – the outfit or the jewelry? 

Oh, definitely jewellery for me. But that’s maybe because I never take it off. My brand is built on the idea that your jewellery should be really worn, not tucked away, and saved for best. I create day diamonds and really encourage my clients to think about what they will wear, and how they will wear it when they’re making a purchase. I’m really focused on creating jewellery that will work with women’s wardrobes. 

 

 

Kayla Shirt in Hidden Hills

In celebration of Mother’s Day, we’ve partnered with LA-based artists, The Haas Brothers, for our limited-edition EMC Collection. Having collaborated with the Haas Brothers yourself on two exclusive collections, can you tell us about your approach to collaborative projects? 

I love Niki and Simon so much – and I’m sure you’ll agree that they are a complete dream to work with. They’re the kindest, the most fun, the hardest working people and I think our creative brains actually work in quite a similar way. A hands-on approach is really important to us all, everything at JMc is made here at our workshop in the Townhouse - which is similar to the way that Niki and Simon create their pieces. We were working on our collection together whilst separated by distance and time zone differences – so we did it all over WhatsApp really, floating ideas about and bouncing sketches between us, until the ideas came to life. In the end the jewellery felt like art. And I think when collaborating in general that’s key – finding a partnership that feels natural and easy, when there’s a real feeling of synergy. That’s when you know it’s a collab that will work.

 

You’ve redefined how women wear fine jewelry by creating pieces that effortlessly enhance the modern woman’s wardrobe and lifestyle. Can you tell us how jewelry plays a role in your daily wardrobe? Which comes first – the outfit or the jewelry? 

Oh, definitely jewellery for me. But that’s maybe because I never take it off. My brand is built on the idea that your jewellery should be really worn, not tucked away, and saved for best. I create day diamonds and really encourage my clients to think about what they will wear, and how they will wear it when they’re making 

 

Kayla Shirt in Hidden Hills


 

Horseshoe Jean in Savahn


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"Motherhood is exhausting, inspiring, grueling, and soul enhancing all at the same time. It is easily the greatest thing and the hardest thing in the world."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Horsehoe Jean in Savahn


To you, what is the definition of motherhood? How do you feel that answer has evolved over time? 

Motherhood is exhausting, inspiring, grueling, and soul enhancing all at the same time. It is easily the greatest thing and the hardest thing in the world.

 

As a mother of three, when are you happiest? 

When my whole family is together, that’s a very happy feeling. Obviously, it’s noisy and chaotic and messy - but really those are the moments you’re grateful for, when everyone is together. 

 

Prior to motherhood, what is a piece of advice you now wish that you knew then? 

Sleep in! You may never do it again. 

 



 

Lucid Cream "ASPEN" Unisex Adult Crewneck

Horseshoe Jean in Savahn



Jessica McCormack’s line is now available in HUMANITY Aspen and available to purchase via email or phone.