When it comes to trendy, yet timeless jewelry, Golden Thread does it right. Houston native and former nurse, Jennifer Welker launched the brand in 2010. What started off as a “passion for the creative” turned into the amazing opportunity for Welker to live out her jewelry dream. Her dainty baubles can be seen on women globally, such as their golden girl Pippa Middleton (swoon). With varying options (from gold filled to 14K gold) there’s a perfect piece for everyone’s price point. On my Christmas list this year? My personal fave, the Ritzy Triangle Lariat.
TELL ME HOW YOU GOT YOUR START.
The two careers I’ve had (nursing and fashion) are actually stark opposites and have nothing to do with the other. However, I tapped into my type-A, high-energy, adrenaline-junkie-ICU nurse-personality to help me move forward into launching my dream and my business. Once I had the idea to make necklaces, I spent hours doing online research. I heard the word “no” a lot and ran into quite a few dead ends, but eventually I ended up connecting with the right people. I may not have known the ins and outs of the jewelry business, but I work hard, study and ask others for help. I was used to working with really tiny, one pound babies, using my hands to start IVs on tiny little veins. This required me to utilize small tools extremely accurately, which helped jewelry designing be a natural progression for me. I’m completely self-taught.
I remember dressing up in my mother’s pearls, bangles and clip on earrings since the age of three. I never imagined I’d have the amazing opportunity to live out my dreams. – Jennifer Welker
WHERE DO YOU GATHER YOUR INSPIRATION FOR YOUR COLLECTIONS?
I find inspiration from all over. My husband Ellis and I traveled everywhere before I had children and we still try and make it a priority! We travel to London quite a few times a year and I’m always so enamored by the architecture. Same goes for Paris. Seeing some of the most iconic and influential architecture is actually where I draw the majority of my inspiration from in addition to historical pieces, adding a fresh appeal. For example, my maiden name is McKenzie which dates back to Scotland. We have a family crest and we introduced a crest to the line. The clover shape that’s seen in the charms on our new bangles and earrings is timeless, and was actually inspired by Big Ben (in London) and The Louvre (in Paris), as the clover shape is seen in this historic architecture. The South has also had a big part in shaping who I am and what I design throughout my collection. It’s who I am, through and through … manners and etiquette, ladylike and traditional values. I wouldn’t be who I am today without my thoroughbred Southern upbringing! My collection has that traditional southern charm and personalization but incorporates edgy and timeless trends too.
WHAT SHOULD EVERYONE BE GIFTING THIS HOLIDAY?
THE PIECE OF YOUR JEWELRY TAHT EVERY GIRL NEEDS IN THEIR JEWELRY BOX?
I am in love with our signature diamond bangle…it’s a pricier piece, but it is a piece I never take off and will eventually pass down! It’s such a meaningful heirloom quality piece.
FAVE PART OF THE JOB?
My absolute favorite part of the job is designing and creating new pieces…to allow my creativity to come alive is truly the most exhilarating thing for me!
I CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT….
SOMETHING ABOUT YOU THAT NO ONE WOULD EVER GUESS?
That I am obsessed with Homeland and secretly wish I was Carrie Mathison!
ANYTHING ELSE YOU’D LIKE OUR READERS TO KNOW?
My husband Ellis and I are SO excited to announce that we are expecting our third child …. due in May.