GET TO KNOW OUR ARTISTS: Victoria Cunningham Q&A

Victoria Cunningham‘s exquisite fine jewelry, which range from simple diamond pendants and stacking rings to dramatic one-of-a-kind pieces, have been staff favorites at our shop for over twenty years. We love that her handcrafted designs are timeless treasures meant to move with their wearer from the gym to a night out and everything in between.  We recently caught up with Victoria from her Los Angeles studio.

NEWTWIST jewelry designer Victoria Cunningham

Your beautiful work has been a staple at our shop for over two decades; it’s the put-on-and-never-take-off kind of jewelry that moves with us through every occasion. Can you tell us a little about what drew you to jewelry design and what inspires your work of today?

I’ve always been obsessed with jewelry.  I used to have constant dreams as a child that I was swimming under water in the ocean and I would find a treasure chest of jewels.  I grew up in a family of artists so it was natural for me to learn the craft of jewelry making.  I started with the beaded jewelry and quickly got into Lost wax casting.  Since I’ve never had any formal training I am still learning.  Which keeps me on a quest to make the perfect piece.  I’m inspired by nature and art, and also by how women wear their jewelry.

14K bee post earrings with diamonds by Victoria Cunningham

What was the first piece of jewelry you ever made?  

The first piece of jewelry I ever made was a wire wrap beaded necklace.  These were very popular when I started my business almost 25 years ago.  

How would you describe your personal style?

Jeans and a t-shirt with a few pieces of jewelry.  

Diamond bezel cross ring by Victoria Cunningham

Do you have a style icon?

I love the classic look of Audrey Hepburn, but I do love a good hippie…

Favorite stone?

Diamonds for sure. But there are so many beautiful stones I love.  Ruby, sapphire…

GOLDEN FLAKE DIAMOND DROP CLUSTER NECKLACE by Victoria Cunningham

Favorite accessory you cannot leave your home without?

Sunglasses. It’s always sunny in Los Angeles.

Favorite scent?

Gardenia.

Medium GOLDEN FLAKE DIAMOND CLUSTER RING by Victoria Cunningham

Favorite book?

Jane Eyre is my all time fave. 

Favorite movie?

It’s a wonderful Life.

High hammered band in 14k yellow gold with diamonds by Victoria Cunningham

Best way to de-stress?

Breathe, yoga, walk, meditate. Or, a nice glass of red wine…

Who do you most admire?

That’s a tough one…… Buddha 🙂 Mother Theresa…Jesus…Gandhi. Anyone living or dead that transcend the ego.

Tiny bee necklace in 14k yellow gold with diamonds

Best thing that’s happened to you this year?

I had another birthday….. I think that’s always good.  

What are you looking forward to?

Summer vacation to Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming with my family.

14k yellow gold diamond stacking rings and bands by Victoria Cunningham

The latest from Victoria Cunningham is a fresh take on the classics, and we are so in love. Explore the collection here.

 

Photos by Laura Barton

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