Google+ Designer Spotlight: Lady Grey

Designer Spotlight: Lady Grey

November 19, 2012

New York-based Lady Grey is one if not my favorite upcoming jewelry line.  And I swear I am not biased by having met the line's ultra-sweet designer and co-founder Jill Martinelli.  The jewelry speaks for itself.  I find fascinating the balance between hardness and femininity in each piece.  This duality in design is probably due to the fact that Jill and her design partner/co-founder Sabine Le Guyader both have degrees in metalworking.  How cool is that!  Above are my favorite pieces from their Darklands FW'12 collection available at Elizabeth Charles and Lady Grey online

I sat down with Jill to discuss Lady Grey as well as her style inspirations and learnings as a designer.

Tell me about the line Lady Grey.
The line is named after Lady Jane Grey with whom we found inspiration from her doomed story as the short-lived Queen of England from July 10-19, 1553 ("The Nine Days' Queen"). After graduating from school, Sabine and I decided to create a line together that combined a fashion-forward approach to jewelry with our conceptual ideas about adornment.

Who are your style icons? 
Crystal Gayle and Lizzy Mercier Descloux.

What skill do you believe is necessary for success as a designer?
Perfectionism, but let yourself get a little weird once in a while.  Don't take yourself too seriously.

Photo credit: Lady Grey


  1. Wow! I LOVE this style! What an awesome esthetic she's got! Great interview as well! Thanks for sharing! And thanks for the follow! Stay in touch!!


  2. So many amazing jewellery. I love the bracelets! xx

    - Victoria

  3. These pieces are works of art! The silver and gold cuffs are exquisite!

    -Lauren at adorn la femme

  4. Great post and lovely designs!


  5. These pieces are amazing! I love them :)

  6. amazing jewelry! love the angular nature of the pieces



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