Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Jessica D’Amico is the creative and artistic force behind Lady J Jewelry Designs. Miss D’Amico was formally educated at Pratt Art Institute in Brooklyn where she majored in sculpture, with a concentration in metal smithing and jewelry design. In 1998, Miss D’Amico participated in a special studies program at The California College of Arts and Crafts, where she studied under metal smith, Maralyn DeSilva.
Miss D’Amico learned special techniques in metal smithing, creating provocative projects such as ceiling-to-floor candelabras, two-foot metal serving spoons and a metal tiara. After completing her studies, Miss D’Amico worked for East Village jewelry designers Sara Samoiloff and Dan Natkjil. In 2002, Jessica embarked on her own, launched her company, Lady J Jewelry Designs, and opened ladyjjewelry.com.
In 2005 & 2006, growth led to Demographix Magazine penning a lead story on Lady J Jewelry Designs, with glowing reviews of the launch of the Giraffe Collection and the Saturn Series~the Leather & Silver Line. In 2007, the company continued its rapid growth and received further praise, with features in InStyle Magazine, Lucky Magazine, diything.com, iVillage.com and A.M. New York.
During a very busy 2008, despite the demands of managing her business and a second pregnancy, Miss D'Amico found time to teach jewelry design to young students at Mott Hall in Manhattan. And also in 2008, her Yanomami-inspired collection, Sweet Leaf, was unveiled at trade events and was featured in WWD, Accessories Magazine and Essence Magazine in 2008, and Fine Jewelry Magazine in 2009.