Get to Know Our Artists: Q&A with Communion by Joy

Join us in welcoming Communion by Joy to NEWTWIST! Sculpting jewelry for over 10 years, Joy Smith, founder of Communion by Joy, creates wearable art inspired by nature, symbols of inner strength, and rituals that honor connection to self and others. Read on to meet Joy and learn more about her story and her work.

Jewelry designer Joy Smith of Communion by Joy

Tell us a little about your journey in life. What drew you to jewelry design?

I have a deep love for art and always knew I wanted to create beauty in the world. I actually never thought I would be a jewelry artist, my first love was fine art painting. I just stumbled into jewelry when I took a wax carving class and started making pieces as a hobby.

Gold diamond necklaces by jewelry designer Communion by Joy

What are your favorite stones/materials to work with?

I love working with rustic diamonds and unique stones.

Enlightened Shaman Ring with opal, diamonds, and 14k gold by jewelry designer Communion by Joy

What inspires your creative process?

Nature, art, and spiritual thought inspires my process.

Circle of Love necklace in 14k yellow gold with a white diamond by jewelry designer Communion by Joy

What inspires you to channel your inner strength?

Just being true to myself.

Pyramid light ring in 14k yellow gold with one white diamond by jewelry designer Communion by Joy

How do you like to start your day?

Before I open my eyes, I say a prayer of gratitude and visualize my day.

Rays of Light ring in 14k yellow gold with a white diamond by jewelry designer Communion by Joy

Describe your personal style.

Relaxed.

14k yellow gold diamond necklaces by jewelry designer Communion by Joy

Describe your jewelry style.

I wear pieces with meaning and spiritual intention.

14k yellow gold rings with white diamonds by jewelry designer Communion by Joy

Accessory you can’t leave your home without?

My wedding rings.

Diamond light ring by jewelry designer Communion by Joy

What are you currently reading?

Circe by Madeline Miller.

14k yellow gold and diamond necklaces by jewelry designer Communion by Joy

Favorite way to de-stress?

Cooking while listening to music and reading.

14k yellow gold and diamond Eye of Light necklace by jewelry designer Communion by Joy

Favorite place to visit?

Paris and Hawaii (which I currently live).

14k yellow gold diamond rings by jewelry designer Communion by Joy

What do you like to do when you’re not in the studio?

Hangout with my family.

14k yellow gold necklaces by jewelry designer Communion by Joy

Explore more from Communion by Joy’s collection here.

 

photos by Laura Barton & artist photo courtesy of Joy Smith

 

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