About Barbie Jones
Barbie Jones is a colorful jewelry designer and collector extraordinaire of antique jewels as well as all things interesting and inimitable.
Barbie studied fine arts and art history at Miami University, Oxford Ohio and at the John E. Dolibois European Center in Luxembourg, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Fine Arts, with a concentration in European studies.
Barbie possesses a strong sense of color, dimension and design with bright reflections of multiculturalism, which have been cultivated through living abroad and her many adventures in Mexico, the Middle East and throughout Europe. Her design philosophy is “In order to look forward with grace, elegance and savvy one must constantly revisit the exhilarating, classic cornerstones of the past.”
Barbie may look to the classics for foundation and inspiration, but she is consistently four steps ahead of the current fashion trend, which enables her clients from, Rock star to royalty, to set the standard – not follow behind.
Since I was a child, I accompanied my parents on antique treasure hunts and many auction adventures. My collecting passion soon became jewelry. Several years ago I had the opportunity to purchase around 10,000 pieces of vintage and costume jewelry from a collector simply thrown into cardboard boxes. I became a child again digging through ancient treasure. We placed necklaces on the dining room table, bracelets on the piano, earrings on the coffee and numerous end-tables. The entire house became a museum showroom of jewelry past. I had all the great designers from Coro-Craft, Chanel, Miraim Haskell, Oscar de la Renta, Hatie Carnegie and Willaim Spratling all staring at me just waiting to tell me their story. I quickly realized that I liked the signed pieces best. I also discovered many broken pieces at the bottom of every box. I could not just throw these injured beauties away. I had taken a semester of metal-smithing in college so I was just dangerous enough with a blow torch to start designing my own jewelry. I began incorporating these little forgotten treasures into new creations, making them come alive once again.
Through my research of the antique pieces I collected I sought out the premier American jewelry manufacturing companies that still exist today and launched Barbie Jones, specializing in designing and manufacturing jewelry pieces that make people sparkle! Made right here in the USA!