Morgan Reed studied fine art and design at Columbia College in Chicago, but she didn’t start getting hands-on and making her own jewelry until after graduation while she was using the business side of her brain to oversee administration for a few Chicago salons and retail stores. “I was trying to figure out what to do with my art. I’ve always been a pretty creative person, and it never really left me. It just evolved,” Morgan explains.
It was when she made a ring during one of the casting classes she then took that she realized she had a real opportunity (quite literally) on her hands. All of her friends were hungry to buy her creation, a loop made from two clasped fingers, so she slowly started to build out a first collection of gleaming, elegant pieces, many of which featured pearls balanced in trumpet-shaped settings. That was in 2014, and her undertaking is now going quite strong—so all those organizational skills come in plenty handy, too.