off the chain update: the progression of Jess LC


Today I thought I would show some of the old Jess LC jewelry designs and promotional material that have evolved over time. And my, how things have gotten much better! I know there are several new jewelry makers following the blog, and some may not feel like they will ever be able to grow and launch their business full-time.

But looking at some of the pieces from my past, it’s clear that anyone can learn and improve by leaps and bounds. If I can start with that hideous ankle bracelet above and now design the Chicago collection, time and practice are the keys to success. So let this little slide show of sorts act as inspiration on your own creative journey!


There isn’t anything exactly “wrong” with this logo, but there isn’t much right either.


This wristlet was designed to attach to a cell phone to act as a ‘clutch’ when going out. Wtf.

Please excuse my french.


What. Was. I. Thinking?


Heavy and proportionally awkward. Love the photo quality too.


As you can see, this is where I got a professional photographer and stepped it up a huge notch. Definitely on the right track. But what’s up with hiding her eyes??


Look familiar? This little guy is still a great seller. Especially for weddings.


Ah. My new favorite. Until my next collection anyway.

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  1. My Mom always tells me, it’s not how you start, but how you finish!
    I love the last necklace – I think you are headed in a great direction.
    Here’s to progress.

  2. CB

    I’m glad you did this, it was kind of fun! I think I still have a blue starlette somewhere… 🙂

  3. Jess

    @ PVE: Definitely so true!

    @ CB: Nice! I was excited to get my hands on this one. It’s going into the Jess LC vault…

    @ Suzanne: Glad to!

  4. Jess

    @ Jill: Yes! Sometimes in order to feel inspired going forward seeing the progress so far is a great boost.

    PS- I’m totally loving what you are doing with your new clients!! Maybe I’ll give your services a try sometime 🙂

  5. Jess

    @ Jess: Great! I’m so glad you like your new Jess LC piece. I’m going to start designing fall sometime in July.

  6. Natalie

    Is that “the” starlette that started it all at the top?? I feel I’m in the presence of history! 🙂

  7. Jess

    @ Natalie: Yep!! It totally is on of “the” starlettes from the beginning. It needs it’s own little case, it’s so fragile it could break at any moment. Can’t wait to catch up with you, stop by and say hi sometime soon!

  8. Thanks for sharing these! It’s great encouragement for the newbies like myself. I’ve been designing and selling jewelry for about a year now and was wondering if you had any tips for getting into boutiques or renting a space?

  9. Christie

    I, too, am starting to design jewelry and this is extra inspiring! You’ve proven that the key is to just keep moving forward and you’ll find success!

  10. Kelley G

    The dangle blue and green earrings weren’t so bad! The cell phone wristlet… well…. I got a really good laugh from your comments about that! Although, you are quite the entrepreneur. It’s all about trial and error. Thanks for the inspiration!


  11. Miss B

    Great post Jess, you are such a go-getter, love the new site:)


    Miss B

  12. laura

    you’re inspiring me to attempt blogging about my progression. it’s horrifying but i think anyone who starts up their own company has been through it. 🙂

  13. lisa

    I looked at some of my student work (interior designer) recently while cleaning and was MORTIFIED! I now realize you have to grow into your own over time… Thank you!

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