IO Collective designer, Jenifer Thai, believes in the power of jewelry. Inspired by romance and the keepsake quality of jewelry, Jenifer is enamored by knowing that the pieces she creates are associated with some of the most meaningful and special moments of a person’s life. She has also used her jewelry to raise money for important causes, and taught a course on jewelry making in Cambodia with an organization that creates programs to support victims of human trafficking.

JA New York: The first thing I ever designed was….

Jennifer Thai: A sterling silver ring I casted using a simple method of cuttlebone casting. 

JA New York: Every morning I…

JT: Drink coffee, walk my dogs and catch up on emails.

JA New York: I never leave the house without…

JT: My hydro flask.

JA New York: I have my breakfast…?

JT: At sporadic times in the day depending how busy I am.

JA New York: Jewelry is all about…

JT: Timeless everyday pieces that are meant to be handed down and worn forever.

JA New York: One thing I wear every day is…

JT: My engagement ring.

JA New York: I don’t eat….?

JT: Lamb.

JA New York: My favorite restaurant in NYC is…

JT: Marea.

JA New York: I am a maniac about….?

JT: Organization.

JA New York: My obsession of the moment is…

JT: My custom name bracelet; it says bug which represents my fiancée, who I call Junebug.

JA New York: I’m currently reading…?

JT: Nothing leisure like I do when I have time to read; I’m studying for my online course for my GG degree at GIA.

JA New York: I’m currently listening to…?

JT: Wedding songs to pick out music for my wedding.

JA New York: 5 words that describe my brand DNA are…

JT: Timeless; Heirloom; Unique; Colorful; Dainty.

JA New York: My trade show uniform is…?

JT: Something all black, which is my favorite color.

JA New York: My greatest accomplishment so far is…?

JT: Purchasing my first home last year.