Friday, June 10, 2011

A Chat With Tina Tang

I've chosen my wedding band!! I've decided to go with the Tina Tang Fantasy Forest Ring, which looks beautifully organic:
Of course my ring finger on my left hand is ridiculously small, so I had to contact the Tina Tang herself about getting one that would fit! She was so super sweet that we ended up doing an impromptu interview!!
How did you get your start?
I've been making stuff with may hands since I was 7. I made stickers back then, made my prom dress in High School, and started making jewelry while working at Goldman Sachs (as an equities trader).

Do you have any formal training?
I have taken jewelry classes at the YWCA from actual jewelers but no college degree in jewelry design. I have a GIA Diamond degree which I got a couple years ago.Where do you get your inspiration form?
My inspiration comes from things I want to wear and the working woman who wants to treat herself to something wonderful within a reasonable budget.

What is your design process?
1 Sketch designs: Many sketches don't make it to the next step.
2. Carve in wax
3. Make mold of my wax
4. Cast into sterling silver or gold
Do you have a favorite piece you've designed?
This changes all the time. The newest piece is my new favorite. Lately I have been wearing my Minatour Horn necklace all the time.

What type of woman embodies your brand's style?
My customer is in her late 20's - early 40's and she is a working woman who likes fashion but is not a slave to it. She normally shops at J. Crew, Banana Republic and wants a classic stylish piece that is a little different. She likes getting compliments on her jewelry.

What's next for your business?
Growing more online and doing more nation wide trunk shows! Definitely check out Tina Tang's jewelry, which you can buy online, check out her blog and follow her on Twitter at @TinaTangJewelry.


Tina Tang said...

Thank you for the love.