JacQueline Sanchez has forged a life and a livelihood by leading from the heart. Years before starting her eponymous jewelry line in 2002, she discovered her love for creating jewelry through, well, love itself.
Her boyfriend was an ardent Grateful Dead fan and enticed JacQueline to travel around the country with him to see the band play. To pass the time while on the road, she took up making “dancing bear” earrings from sheet silver that she pierced out into individual earrings. She was quickly hooked. She sold every pair of earrings as fast as she could make them and put her profits toward college at the Texas Institute of Jewelry Technology, where she learned the fundamentals of jewelry design, fabrication, and stone setting.
For the past 18 years LEGO® bricks have been a big part of her practice. She sands, cuts, drills, and sandblasts each LEGO®. Over time her jewelry has evolved into a new body of work telling her forever young story with more of a sophisticated perspective while still honoring "play".
“LEGO® represents a lot for many people so I try to honor that with each piece.”
Inspired by architecture, I love the connection and possibilities LEGO bricks provide to be recycled into playful, wearable art.
Ethically sourced from only sustainable and reputable resources. All the diamonds I use are G-H in color.
Responsible practices are at the heart of my work from using refined metals, recycled LEGO bricks, to conflict-free diamonds.
Don't let the LEGO® bricks fool you!
She has learned to play well..
Prior to starting JacQueline Sanchez Jewelry Designs, Jacq worked as a bench jeweler for over 10 years, performing all aspects of jewelry repair, stone setting, and fabrication. She has extensive experience in working with platinum and creating custom work.
Along with her collections she continues to restore family jewelry and create custom pieces for clients in platinum and gold with diamonds and colored gemstones. She is highly trained and dedicated in the field of metalsmithing.