Commemorating the double bereavement of Covid-19 leads jewelry designer Lee Ann Jones into a new era creating memorial jewelry

Designer Lee Jones has created a sophisticated pendant, crafted from 14-karat gold, in memory of a double bereavement due to the coronavirus.

Designing this piece showed me how much joy can be found in celebrating not just special occasions, but the realities of life and love. I feel privileged that my client allowed me to turn a medicalized moment into an uplifting memorial to the love of her parents, Lee said.

Memorial jewelry may seem like a relic of the past, but in the midst of a pandemic, these pieces resonate more than ever. Fine jewelry designer Lee Jones presents an uplifting vision of modern bereavement jewelry with the launch of Bespoke – creating bespoke personalized jewelry from her clients’ heirloom jewelry and stones as well as poignant memories representing the realities of life and love. His first piece pays tribute to a double mourning of coronavirus in an elegant and sincere style.

Modern Mourning Jewelry

Memorial jewelry is generally associated with the Victorian period, when death and mourning were more routine (if not less painful) affairs. The pandemic has brought loss closer to all of us, placing a new emphasis on personal and collective grief. A contemporary take on memorial jewelry focuses on celebrating life and love, like Lee Jones’ beautiful new bespoke pendant.

Designer Lee Jones has created a sophisticated pendant, crafted from 14-karat gold, in memory of a double bereavement due to the coronavirus. Her client sought a piece of jewelery to commemorate her deceased parents, having lost them within days of each other to Covid-19. The daughter has a poignant memory of her parents’ final moments in the hospital: two small reels of paper printed with their ECG readings. The elegant design of the pendant incorporates their last heartbeats, connected with a small ruby ​​to symbolize their love.

“Designing this piece showed me how much joy can be found in celebrating not just special occasions, but the realities of life and love. I feel privileged that my client allowed me to transform a medicalized moment into an uplifting memorial to his parents’ love,” Lee said.

A new direction to celebrate life

The experience inspired a new direction for the brand, in keeping with the designer’s own personal growth. The milestones of youth and love are well represented in jewelry. Engagements, weddings and births invite traditional celebration. But life invariably has more in store, and there is power in honoring all that makes life meaningful. Ordering jewelry to mark a loss or change offers an empowering and uplifting process. Lee Jones Collection now enjoys a new emphasis on bespoke work, designing personal pieces observing not just classic celebrations, but all the significant points in life’s journey.

Jewel Tales

Since the pandemic, designer Lee has found her own increasingly inward-looking inspirations. Previously heavily inspired by her travels, more recent collections were born out of conversations with friends and a need to stay connected.

About the Lee Jones Collection

Creating jewelry that lasts a lifetime, Lee Jones works primarily in 14k gold with diamonds and semi-precious stones. Lee Jones Collection offers jewelry for real life – jewelry that is wearable, unique, and tells each customer’s story. Designed to layer perfectly with the wearer’s existing jewelry, behind the pieces are stories celebrating the lives and passions of the women who choose them.

Designer Lee knows the power of change well. A practicing lawyer for over 20 years, she discovered a call to jewelery after taking a metallurgy course. Launching her business while practicing, she retired her law degree in 2018. Crafted to the highest standards, every piece is designed and manufactured in the USA. Working closely with a small team of expert artisans, production is split between New York, Los Angeles and Texas, Lee Jones’ home state. The brand’s debut “Fairy Dust” collection remains a best-seller, not only thanks to its wearable look, but also its empowering story. Recognizing that many women are “fairies” in their everyday lives, the collection celebrates all the behind-the-scenes magic of women at home and at work. Launched at the 2017 JCK Tucson show, a piece from the collection won that year’s Uncommon Goods Design Challenge and 3rd place in O The Oprah Magazine Design Challenge.

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