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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