Hi! I'm Justine, the designer and maker behind Vannucci ltd
I love taking kindred spirits with me on my travels by translating those adventures into brilliant gemstone jewelry they can always wear! I try to distill the full experience into each piece, so that you can live your life in color!
+ Is it a struggle to find jewelry that is unique, original, and full of color, yet isn't over-the-top costume jewelry meant for the 23-year-old version of you?
+ Do you like to express your style with gorgeous gemstones, yet feel apprehensive about the impact your purchase might have on the earth and its communities?
+Do you love the natural world - hiking and camping and yoga outdoors - but your job or love of your social life keeps you in the city and more disconnected from nature than you would like?
Then I'm creating these intricate, thoughtful pieces for YOU! Our jewelry is all hand fabricated down to the clasps and ear wires, and our materials are meticulously sourced from other ethical-centric companies so you don't have to worry. And when it comes to design, well, there's a story there.....
SO WHAT'S THE STORY?
The year was 2002, I was 14, and already identifying as an artist. This idea of self was solidified by my mom's best friend giving up on her beading hobby, and passing all her supplies down to me!
After receiving a Bachelor of Science in Fashion Design in 2009, I ended up working for a jeweler - it was the height of the recession and I took any creative job I could find. It was here that I really discovered my love of gemstones, and the joy of crafting them into wearable art.
When I finally left that company and started my own business in 2013, almost TEN years ago now, my motivations and core style were very different from what they have become.
What Vannucci has become is a business that celebrates gemstones and the natural world. Whether the focus is a distinct specimen or a unique color combination, you'll find it here. We are in the business of adventure, and taking you along on that adventure, and creating art from that adventure.
Don't you want to live your life in color?
Let me spirit you away with me on my travels as I experience a multitude of natural worlds (plus some cities!) and translate those experiences into collections, rendered in the earth's own materials.
Are you ready?? Then come with me!
As I've grown as a woman, so has Vannucci. What started as my mom's friend passing down her jewelry supplies to me has become an ethically oriented, gemstone focused style. Check out our ETHOS blog post for an in depth look at how Vannucci interacts with the world and community
With this ethos and design, Vannucci is now in multiple locations all across the country, featured on several TV shows, and highlighted on podcasts.
I currently live in Las Vegas, but I travel often, coming up with unique color combinations inspired by locales all over the world. I still spend a lot of time in Philadelphia, the city I started in 15 years ago. I'm a little bit of an adrenaline junkie - I scuba dive, take part in a female motorcycle community, camp, and hike. But I'll also take a day at a museum, an interactive art installation, or even a good video game as well. Learning spanish has also been a current intrigue.
I hope you'll join my journey, because this isn't the last stop!! I also write about my adventures.
ENCOMPASSING GEMSTONE DROP EARRING
Rose quartz, labradorite, milky moonstone, zircon, and rhodolite garnet
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