I was immediately drawn to Jackie Cohen the minute I met her at a recent party. Not only did she have the warmest smile and exude the most positive energy, she was decked out in the most gorgeous jewelry that I couldn’t keep my eyes off of. As our chit-chat turned to what we did for a living, I found out that not only did she have a great eye for layering the most subtle yet arresting jewelry ensemble, she created it.
After a successful career on Wall Street, Jackie couldn’t help but feel like she needed something more. She decided to do what most of us can only dream of, and set out on her very own version of “Eat, Pray, Love”, traveling the world for a year. Upon her return and inspired by her brother’s passion for the family jewelry business, Timeless Fine Jewelry, Jackie decided to join the team and she helped to grow the business three-fold.
Jackie had found her creative passion, yet she found that the one thing missing from the equation was a family of her own - she was going to adopt. No sooner did she complete the agency adoption papers, did she get a call that she had been matched with a little girl, due to be born that same week. This whirlwind romance with her new baby girl inspired Jackie to create a ring to commemorate her daughter’s birth. Not being one for large statement pieces, she designed a subtle gold and diamond band with a Citrine birthstone to represent her daughter. And people took notice.
No matter where Jackie went from sales calls to industry tradeshows, people wanted to order her ring in birthstones to commemorate meaningful moments in their lives. From anniversaries to birthdays and everything in between, the enthusiasm for this simple piece was palpable and Jackie’s line of milestone jewelry, MY STORY was born.
I had the pleasure of visiting Jackie in her gorgeous office in the Diamond District here in New York and I loved everything in the glittering cases. I didn’t have the most positive associations with birthstone jewelry but I was smitten with every piece that Jackie designed. I obsessed over the stackable diamond and birthstone rings that started the line and I think I need one to represent every member of our family (don’t you agree?) there was also a rose gold pendent that Jackie had engraved with the coordinates of where her daughter was born which as not only unique and clever but totally swoon-worthy as well. Each piece is completely customizable from type of metal to stones and is well crafted and timeless (hence the company name!) that they can be passed down in years to come.
I love meeting passionate and creative people who possess a natural joie de vivre but when these people are also moms and making their dreams into a reality, that’s truly something to be inspired by.
MY STORY is launching in Saks Fifth Avenue just in time for the holidays on November 15th or is available at fine jewelers nationwide.
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NANCY DEANE is a former marketing and lifestyle maven now on her biggest project yet: raising twins in Manhattan. This Canadian via California girl enjoys exploring beauty, fashion, travel and design (for adults and kids alike) and can be followed on Twitter and Instagram as @toastncandy. Read all of Nancy’s posts.