(Reporter Joanie Cox-Henry poses with Jennifer Zeuner (center) and her friend Chelsea Shulman at Lilac and Lilies in Fort Lauderdale).
Jennifer Zeuner recently hosted a trunk show at chic Fort Lauderdale boutique Lilac and Lilies to meet with fans and show off her latest creations. Everyone from Rihanna to Selena Gomez and Jennifer Lopez have worn her gorgeous designs which range from dainty monogram necklaces to funky rings, earrings and bracelets plated in 18-karat gold vermeil or silver. Here’s what the Boca Raton-based mother of four had to say about floating rings, future plans for her line and the celebrity voice mail she will never forget.
What are your hottest pieces for this season?
“We’re shipping our fall collection in July. My best sellers for spring and summer are the horizontal bar pendant necklace. A lot of celebrities including Chelsea Handler have been wearing that. I’ve also seen a big increase in ring sales. We’re known mostly for our necklaces but rings are very big for fall and summer. All the magazines we’ve been doing press for lately have been requesting gold rings to layer for photo shoots. Balenciaga started the trend of wearing the same ring on all five fingers.”
How did you develop the floating ring concept?
“The floating ring concept came about when I was wearing a ring and smaller one above it that didn’t fit all the way onto my finger. My new line is a little more modern. My jewelry is very good quality. We use the best quality gold plating available. There’s so many copies out there but I can always tell my pieces.”
How does it feel to see a woman wearing your pieces on the street?
“It’s very exciting. I was on Lincoln Road recently and saw three women wearing my designs.”
I notice you use a lot of spiritual symbols in your designs. Is this something that’s important to you?
“It’s very important. I love pieces that mean something to the person wearing it. I feel that people can represent who they are by the jewelry they wear. For instance, if you wear a lightning bolt, you’re probably a little edgier than the person wearing a butterfly. It’s nice to layer the lightning bolt with the butterfly too. My pieces are meant to be layered and allow the person who’s wearing them to express themselves differently everyday through their jewelry. Sometimes I’ll wear a piece on its own.”
Where you do you find inspiration for your designs?
“I go to Europe about once a month. Many of the ideas for my pieces come to me in dreams. I immediately jot them down so I don’t forget. I often put them in my iPhone. We just redid our house and did everything ultra modern. It’s very mid-century modern. When we did the house, my jewelry really reflected what I was doing in my house. It took a turn for the very modern.”
What are you doing when you’re not designing?
“I’m hanging out with my kids. I love my role as a mom.”
What’s your advice for busy moms balancing a career and family?
“You need very good help and people who you can trust. If you look at my Instagram tag line it says, ‘Mother of 3 boys, 1 girl and a jewelry line made in NYC. It takes a village.’ I need to give credit. I can’t say I’m doing it all on my own. I have good people at work that are amazing--a great nanny, great husband and amazing grandparents who help out. You can’t split yourself up into two places.”
What’s your favorite celebrity fan encounter?
“I’m so excited about all the celebrities who wear my designs, but I recently got a beautiful message from Sarah Jessica Parker, who is everyone’s style icon. She left me a long message saying that she feels honored and gracious to be wearing my jewelry. A week later, her assistant called us to buy the same necklace for Sarah Jessica’s cousin, who loved the piece. She insisted on a sending a check. I get chills! She is amazing.”
What are future plans for your line?
“I would like to expand my men’s line and expand internationally, but never lose the exclusivity.”
Jennifer Zeuner’s line can be found locally at Lilac and Lilies, 2541 E. Sunrise Blvd, Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-530-3109 and Jenniferzeuner.com.
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