What you’ll learn in this episode:
- The history of Mark Patterson, and the serendipitous moments that launched Josette’s career
- How the bridal and engagement jewelry market has changed over the years
- A jewelry veteran’s advice for young jewelers
- The creative process of developing a jewelry book
About Josette Patterson
Josette Patterson is cofounder and creative director of Mark Patterson, a Newport Beach, California-based fine jewelry brand founded in 1985 in New York City. A graduate of the Gemological institute of America, Josette met her husband Mark during her studies. Soon after graduation, they both moved to New York City, where Josette was freelancing her designs and pursuing more design classes at the Parson School of Design and other art schools in New York City.
In 2010, Josette and Mark opened their Flagship Store/Studio in Newport Beach, California. Together, they personally work with local clientele to custom design fine jewelry items and repurpose family heirlooms for the most discerning individuals. The Mark Patterson team of artisans meticulously hand craft from start to finish each piece of jewelry, whether it is an engagement ring, wedding band or any bespoke heirloom under the discerning eyes of Mark and Josette. The Mark Patterson brand is represented in over 50 independent retail stores nationally where their highly successful Promise Bridal Collection receives industry awards and acclaim.
About Amy Elliott
Amy Elliott is a writer, editor and brand storyteller who specializes in fine jewelry and fashion, and is fluent in other lifestyle categories, including food, weddings and travel.
As a former staff editor at The Knot, Bridal Guide, Brides Local Magazines + Brides.com and Lucky, Amy is known for delivering high-quality editorial content across a variety of print and digital media. After recently serving as the Engagement Rings Expert for About.com, Amy joined the freelance staff of JCK as its All That Glitters columnist, while contributing articles about jewelry trends, estate and antique jewelry and gemstones to its prestigious print magazine (which will soon celebrate its 150th anniversary).
Amy also serves as the Fine Jewelry Expert for The Bridal Council, an industry organization composed of luxury bridal designers, retailers and media, and her byline has appeared in Gotham, Hamptons, DuJour, Martha Stewart Weddings, GoodHousekeeping.com and more.
- MP Instagram: https://www.
- All That Glitters on JCK
- Amy Elliott Instagram: @aelliott718
If you’d like a copy of the book, the Pattersons are requesting donations of $70 or more to the Lebanese Red Cross; email your receipt to firstname.lastname@example.org.