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Corporate law and jewelry design: The two fields might not have so much in common, but that wasn’t going to stop Jennie Kwon from leaving her big-time legal gig to pursue the latter. This was hardly a rash decision, either—Jennie had been dabbling in the things-you-can-wear realm for years and years. “I was raised in a traditional family where education was emphasized—I grew up playing the violin and had to balance those things growing up,” she explains. While in music conservatory—yah, that’s the kind of commitment we’re talking about—she made necklaces “out of literally whatever material was there.”
But it was when she took a break from working that she realized what she was missing. “I felt like the creativity I’ve had my whole life was sort of dying as soon as I started practicing law,” Jennie explains. “When I went on maternity leave, that’s when I figured out what direction I wanted to take my life.” After taking metalsmithing classes at a local arts center a few years ago, she took the plunge into the world of delicate, impactful fine jewelry in early 2013, and she hasn’t looked back. “I love seeing people’s faces when they try it on; they even gasp sometimes,” she says. “Jewelry has the power to be this one little thing that can make you feel unique.” —liza darwin
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