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Caroline Whittington Young


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When Caroline Whittington Young was in college at Virginia Commonwealth University, she started making and selling jewelry—at night, on the side. And when she graduated and began spending her days as an illustrator and graphic designer, her after-hours were still filled with metal and stones—she’d work until the wee hours creating the delicately rough pieces she’s now known for. “I kept waiting for the right time to do jewelry full-time,” Caroline says. “But I realized that there would never be a right time. The energy that you put into it will make it right.”

So, in 2011, she dove headfirst into Giantlion—named for her love of symbology and nature—and, since then, a lot of her fans have gotten nearly as serious about the D.C.-based line as she has. “Some customers own every ring we make, and they wear them all at the same time!” Caroline notes. “Ultimately, I want the person wearing Giantlion to feel beautiful and special. It’s the personal meaning behind jewelry that drives me.” —genevieve ang

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    Get a Load of the Stones That Are Most Key to Giantlion Behold: the designer’s fave five.“I am such a magpie! I have so many sparkly things in my studio—so many African beads and stones and metal castings, and they all sit in their designated Tupperware,” says Caroline Whittington Young of the fresher-than-fresh line Giantlion. So, of all of this goodness, what’s she drawn to the most? Here, her five top stones right now. —genevieve angQuartz“It is such a common stone and is so easy to find—but it can take on so many different personalities based ... READ MORE »
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    3 Super-Gripping Documentaries that Fuel Giantlion's Jewelry Further proof that there’s nothing wrong with spending a lot of time with your DVD collection.Caroline Whittington Young, who masterminded the super-fly jewelry line Giantlion, is pretty hardcore about her movie-viewing experience. “My husband totally laughs at me because we’ll be watching a film or a show on TV, and whenever something inspiring comes on, I need to press pause, pull out my phone, and take a picture,” she says. Freeze-framed shots from these three stellar docs have made their ... READ MORE »