Meet Judi Powers
Judi Powers’ previous career in book publishing fueled her love of story. That love of creating narratives deeply influences her approach to making jewelry today. Each of her pieces is like a diary entry about a special experience, place, person, or moment. And, when you wear Judi Powers Jewelry, you’ll bring your story to it.
Tell a little about yourself
My name is Judi Powers and I grew up in southeastern Pennsylvania surrounded by farms, horses, and flowers. I moved to New York as a teenager and Brooklyn has been my home for about 15 years. I took my first jewelry-making class soon after September 11th and continued studying metalsmithing and jewelry making for 10 years. In 2012 my inner voice was screaming at me, “You need to become a jewelry designer (NOW!),” so I quit my long career in book publishing, enrolled as a full-time student at FIT, and earned my AAS degree in Jewelry Design. In fall 2013 I opened my doors and feel deeply fortunate to be living my dream.
Why did you become a designer?
I’ve always loved creative endeavors and how the arts connect us to one another. There’s something really intimate and personal about jewelry and about what we choose to adorn ourselves with. I get a huge rush when I make a connection to another person through my jewelry.
On a practical level, I wanted to affect positive change and creating my own jewelry brand allows me to do that. I work as sustainably as possible and use recycled and reclaimed precious metals and recycled and conflict-free diamonds. Most of the colored gemstones I use go from mine, to cutter, to me and are ethically sourced (meaning no child labor, healthcare and education are provided for employees, safe working conditions). I volunteer and mentor budding designers because I believe in giving back.
Most importantly, and perhaps selfishly, I became a jeweler because it gives me immeasurable joy.
What influences your collection and style?
My biggest influences are nature (flowers, anything found at the beach), art (specifically Dutch and Flemish renaissance paintings), and raw natural gemstones. I love softness and effortlessness: My jewelry conveys that through my cashmere finish and my clean sculptural designs.
What does your collection mean to you?
I’ve often compared my collection to my diary. Each piece tells a story about a time, a place, a moment, or someone special to me. It also represents my trust in myself to pursue my passion and make a major life change and I imbue every piece I create with that same positive energy that drives me in everything I do.
What do you hope customers feel about/take away from your jewelry collection?
As simple as it sounds, I hope customers will feel the love and care that went into making each piece.
What brought you to partner with Robert Goodman Jewelers?
I met Bob at the JCK show in Las Vegas. Our initial conversation wasn’t really about jewelry but about dignity, equality, and standing up for what’s right regardless of whether those choices might be financially difficult at times. It was intense and impassioned and I felt like I was talking with an old friend I hadn’t seen in awhile. The next day, Bob came back and made his selections, then he brought Rose-Marie and their son and daughter-in-law over to edit and add to it. It was such a special experience to collaborate with the whole Goodman family and I’m looking forward to visiting soon!