While Lauren Brook Jewelry was officially founded in 2016, my jewelry career started in 2009 with an idea from my mom. When she said I should start making jewelry as a hobby during a particularly difficult time in my life, like most daughters, I didn’t pay her much attention. Despite that, we took a trip to Hobby Lobby and bought some jewelry creating supplies. I proceeded to fall down the creative rabbit hole and didn’t look back. It wasn’t until just last year that I felt it was time to start taking Lauren Brook from a little hobby to full time job.
While sometimes I feel as though I fell into jewelry design, it wasn’t a completely unexpected career for myself. I was always the girl obsessed with clothes and accessories. Not just for the “pretty” factor, but the way what you wore was an expression of your thoughts and feelings. How clothes and jewelry could be works of art. Not just things one wore out of necessity. I began by creating jewelry I felt was lacking from my own wardrobe and then slowly developed my style and creativity. My focus became metalwork- minimal statement pieces inspired by my favorite art and architecture movements. Art Deco, Prairie School, and Bauhaus just to name a few. Lauren Brook is still growing and expanding. I’m a self-taught jewelry designer and maker. It’s a slow process, especially with complicated metal fabrication techniques, but I prefer to learn and grow at my own speed. I hope for my jewelry line to grow with me and be a tactile representation of my growth as a designer and human being.
A little bit about myself- I was born in Saint Paul, Minnesota. My family moved here to Memphis when I was 9 and I’ve been here ever since. I graduated with a degree in business from the University of Memphis in 2013. Since then, I’ve been working full time with Kitzi Jewelry and now, of course, Lauren Brook. I’m an avid reader and beginner yogi with an insatiable sweet tooth. I’ve got the most perfect rescue pup, Watson, a yorkiepoo.