Legier Biederman was always into art, but as a historian with a PhD from UCLA, she was more about studying and teaching it than making it. You could find her lecturing at Loyola Marymount University until a chance visit to an estate sale gave her the urge to get out of the classroom. “I bought my husband a vintage signet ring, which got me to thinking about how jewelry designing worked and ways I could get something of my own made,” she explains of the thought process behind her career shift.
Even though she wasn’t trained in the craft, Legier quickly found that her Los Angeles hometown was the best possible place to dive right in. “Downtown L.A has so much manufacturing. It was just a matter of being adventurous and not being afraid to ask questions about how things were done,” she says. She officially launched her namesake line of late seventies- and eighties-inspired signet rings and earrings in 2015, all made with rocks sourced from California and the Southwest with settings that surround each swirly stone like picture frames. We’d award her an advanced degree in this, too, if we could.