Today we’d like to introduce you to Maggi Simpkins.
Maggi, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I grew up making things, all types of things and jewelry was just one of those things. I would save up my allowance and buy beads, I would take different classes and workshops- but I definitely didn’t think anything of it at the time, it was just something I did.
I dropped out of college and fell into designing jewelry professionally when I was about 20… it started with costume/fashion jewelry, and then I took a job downtown working with a wholesale diamond company, and then another job working with a fine jewelry designer. I had always made my own jewelry on the side with the hope of one day feeling “ready” to take the leap and do my own thing.
Looking back- each job gave me different, and very necessary, skill sets. It also opened my eyes to different areas of the market and working for other people also helped give me an idea of where I wanted to position myself in the market. I went out on my own about four years ago… I have been mostly focusing on bespoke engagement rings and one of a kind commissions for the last three years.
Has it been a smooth road?
It really has been mostly smooth. By no means easy, but mostly smooth. It has been a huge exercise in trusting myself and listening to my inner voice. It has also been a huge exercise in paying attention to where the momentum is flowing and following that.
I specialize in custom engagement rings. Most of my work is really narrative-driven- I sit with my clients and get to listen to their love stories, what makes their partner special, unique. I try and incorporate little hidden details and symbols throughout the ring, sometimes so hidden that only they know its there. I am probably most known for that.
I am proud that people trust me with their stories, and that they trust me to make such special pieces. I take a lot of pride in what I do. It still blows me away that I get to make heirlooms/artifacts that symbolize such a sacred thing and such a sacred time, and the fact that those pieces get to live on for generations… that feels like an extremely special task. I am really grateful people trust me to do that for them.
I would say what sets me apart is my eye, my perspective, my inspiration, my life experience. What sets me apart is: I am me. Ultimately my work speaks for its self and either it speaks to you or it doesn’t- but what I bring to the table is heart, real heart… and I think my clients feel that when they work with me and when I deliver their pieces.
How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
I think more and more people are wanting to connect with the makers who are creating their favorite things, and they are wanting to connect to the process of how its made.
I can’t speak to big changes or trends, I try not to focus on “trends,” that being said I feel a lot of momentum in the bespoke space… I would guess more artisan driven, less department store shopping.
- Website: www.maggisimpkins.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @maggisimpkins