Betsy Barron is a jeweler and proprietor of Love & Luxe, a San Francisco jewelry gallery and atelier. Betsy has been making jewelry for as long as she can remember. She studied at Rhode Island School of Design and moved to San Francisco to begin crafting her own collections.
Betsy’s design aesthetic is classic, elegant, and earthy, incorporating found textures and objects and drawing inspiration from mythology and the simple forms of nature. In addition to her namesake collection, Betsy has collaborated on collections with fashion icons including Cher, Betsey Johnson, and Kate Spade. Love & Luxe opened in 2011 and now features her own collection along with pieces from 45 other local and international designers.
This will be Betsy’s first time coming to JCK Tucson, and we couldn’t wait to chat with her before seeing her in February! Join us as we go Full Circle with Betsy Barron.
Describe your day in three numbers.
Ninety minutes of errands, exercise, acupuncture, or ballet class, followed by eight hours of work. I finish the day with five hours of decompression, cooking with my family, catching some live music or a friend’s DJ set.
How did you get started in jewelry?
I studied jewelry/metalsmithing at Rhode Island School of Design and started my own business just one year after, at age 22.
What has been the biggest challenge of your career? The biggest reward?
The biggest challenge of my career was juggling family life while maintaining a wholesale business. The best reward was opening my own atelier.
What is the best career advice you’ve received?
The best business advice I ever received was to be patient and grow slowly and steadily.
What do you love most about jewelry?
The thing that I love most about jewelry is how it picks up stories as it’s created, worn, and eventually passed on.
What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of JCK?
The first thing that comes to mind when I think of JCK is glossy sparkles. (You asked.)
What is your personal jewelry style?
My personal jewelry style is a rotation of layering multicolor metals and ornament.
One thing you can’t live without?
I can’t live without sunshine.
Last book you read or TV show you binge-watched?
Last book I binge-read was 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami.
What’s the last item you splurged on?
The last item I splurged on was a gorgeous pair of earrings from Jacqueline Cullen.
Where do you see your business in the next five years?
As for my business in five years, I see several businesses working in harmony with each other.