Though the path Victoria Young took to jewelry design was a little meandering—she first earned a degree in journalism, managed photographers, and did a stint promoting musicians—she has always stopped to study rocks and gems along the way. Growing up in Oakland, California, she was wowed by geodes and fossils, and she took that interest further when she started making her own downright stunning stone-encrusted earrings and necklaces after burning out on the music-industry grind.
After a two-year program at FIT, Victoria launched her line in 2017 in Brooklyn, where she makes almost all of her pieces from recycled gold and gets to spend her days tooling around with conflict-free Canadian diamonds, lapis, and turquoise. She sets them in streamlined, Mondrian-like pendants and embeds them in skinny bands—and, true to form, she also picks up lots of different ideas from her surroundings. Of her latest collection, she says, “It’s about the juxtaposition of a city’s clean, architectural lines and the desert—pavé diamonds as starry night sky and satin-finished gold as sand.” Kind of makes a person want to take a long, winding stroll of their own.