Designer Leeorah Betan-Harman of Lulu & Shay strives to create pieces that have an emotional connection for the wearer. Inspired by modern, clean lines, nature, history and symbolic elements of the past, her jewelry is both romantically inspired, and perfect for the contemporary woman on the go. We caught up with Leeorah to welcome her as one of the select designers in our New Designer Gallery and discovered that, with 4 kids aging in range from almost 2 to almost 10, Lshe describes her baseline as “hectic” however, she still appreciates a good brunch!

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

Leeorah Betan-Hartman: A silver ring that included a really unique stone that I had bought years before when I traveled to Thailand with my now husband. I wanted to make something special with it, but I wasn’t able to in metal. Once I started wax carving I found it very freeing for my creative process and I was able to make a very organic style ring that fit perfectly with the stone. I cherish this ring now as it holds a double meaning being the stone as well as the first creation I made in wax carving. 

 JA New York: Every morning I….

LBH: I have coffee before I can do anything else.

JA New York: I never leave the house without _______

LBH: Sadly, my phone…but also my initial ring necklace with all of my family’s initials.

JA New York: Jewelry is all about…

LBH: Making it personal. Whether it is through how it was given to you or when you purchased it, the color, and how it is layered with other pieces. The pieces we choose can be whimsical and at the same time express our inner values and feelings. It can be a true definition of the mood a person is currently in, or mood they want to be in for the day. It may also be a token from a loved one, so when they look at it throughout the day they feel them close to them. 

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

LBH: My initial ring necklace with all of my family’s initials, that includes a special ring with stones representing all of us,  along with a mix of rings stacked on different fingers and earrings from my collections.

JA New York: I don’t eat…

LBH: Meat

JA New York: My favorite restaurant in Brooklyn is…

LBH: Iris Cafe in Brooklyn Heights for Brunch is great…the Avocado Toast is a must have. 

JA New York: I am a maniac about…

LBH: Everything? Ha! With 4 kids that range in age from almost 2 to almost 10 things can get HECTIC. I think “maniac” may be my norm. 

JA New York: My obsession of the moment is…

LBH: Color! I’ve been loving colorful stones. Some current favs are Tourmalines, Sapphires, Emeralds, Tanzinite and Opals. 

JA New York: I’m currently reading:

LBH: Mostly the news these days. 

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

LBH: Symbolic, Inspiring, Sustainable, Timeless, Handcrafted 

JA New York: My trade show uniform is…

LBH: Fairly minimalist but I do wear heels since I don’t get a chance in my day-to-day with the kiddos and in the studio.

JA New York: My greatest accomplishment so far is…

LBH: My family.