MEET ONE OF THE TOP JEWELRY AND ENGAGEMENT RING DESIGNERS: NYC BASED LINDSEY SCOGGINS
BY MEREDITH JAYME
MEET LINDSEY, AN NYC BASED JEWELRY DESIGNER AND TEXAS NATIVE WITH A PASSION FOR FINE DETAILS AND STORYTELLING THROUGH DESIGN.
If you're looking for jewelry and engagement ring designers in NYC, you're in the right place. Lindsey Scoggins, named one of the “12 New Engagement Ring Designers to Know Now” by Martha Stewart Weddings has also been featured on The Knot, Who What Wear, Town & Country, Harper’s Bazaar, National Jeweler and more. With a passion for design, fine details and storytelling through jewelry, Lindsey specializes in creating bespoke one of a kind designer jewelry and timeless heirlooms. Get to know Lindsey and read about her story, design philosophy and process in her own words below.
A note from Lindsey
A note from Lindsey
My passion for jewelry began while I was in college. My mother had a small collection of family jewelry that she redesigned and had made into beautiful rings, presented to my sisters and me on each of our 21st birthdays. A love affair with the sentiment and significance of diamonds was born. Starting a career in the jewelry industry after earning a degree in architecture may sound like a leap to some, but I quickly found that designing jewelry involves many of the same elements: the uniting of beauty and integrity, the planning, the attention to detail.
The process has intrigued me ever since I began working for North America's largest jewelry retailer, buying and sourcing diamonds. I traveled the world to develop relationships with jewelry manufacturers and diamond suppliers to ensure our product was perfect for our customers. After a decade of advancing within that company, I moved to New York City from my home state of Texas, where I developed high-end product lines for a jewelry supplier and made licensing agreements to bring well known names in the design world to the jewelry industry.
Throughout my years in the business I have been lucky to design and build custom engagement rings when I could find the time, which allowed me to focus my creative energy on my true passion of designing custom jewelry from start to finish. I acquired a network of clients through word of mouth referrals, the most genuine of recommendations, and now I am proud to enjoy it full time.
And I still wear the ring my mom gave me everyday.
The perfect ring finds the intersection of beauty and comfort, artistry and engineering, quality and worth. Beginning with the center stone, I guide my clients through the process of understanding which diamond grading qualities are the most critical based on the size and shape they prefer, the budget they have set, and the ideal design of the finished piece. This analytical perspective continues throughout the creative process. A custom engagement ring should surpass expectations through the interplay of the small details; balance is the key to making a wise investment.
My design philosophy also revolves around artistry. I enjoy combining modern, geometric design elements with traditional, classic components and techniques. Clients often have an idea of what they are looking for and we work together to make their rings both personal and distinctive. Other clients aren't sure where to start, but they know they want something special, unique, and flawlessly crafted. In both of these scenarios - and along the spectrum in between - I lead the way with fresh, beautiful designs, diamond expertise, and precise craftsmanship.
The legacy of jewelry rests with generations of skilled artisans, and today the best product is still made by the best people. The most skilled diamond cutters can achieve the highest standards of proportion, polish, and symmetry. The best setters and polishers can craft the most extraordinarily delicate jewelry by hand, after hours of planning and calibration. The integrity of their work comes down to hundredths of a millimeter. A Lindsey Scoggins ring is crafted by the most exceptional jewelers in the trade. My clients can feel confident that their engagement ring is of the highest quality.
A glimpse into Lindsey's Studio.
An engagement ring is one of the most personal, exhilarating, and sometimes mystifying purchases anyone can make in their lifetime. I work one on one with you to not only design and craft your ring, but also to make sure you are comfortable every step of the way. You will be involved through each step of the process, from concept to creation, to make sure the resulting piece of jewelry is the heirloom you always dreamed of. Whether your style is classic or contemporary, we create a timeless and unique ring, specifically for you, together.
Each stage of bringing an engagement ring to life is carefully considered. We start with the concept, considering your taste and lifestyle, to determine the aesthetic and the design details. We then source a diamond with the optimal combination of the 4Cs, based on your preferences of size and shape, and my standards on the rest. You'll see how a ring is first designed with pencil and paper, the magic that occurs when the perfect diamond is discovered, and the level of detail involved with crafting the one of a kind ring that will be worn for generations.
Using traditional techniques, each ring is hand crafted by our master jewelers in the heart of New York's historic Diamond District. Hours of planning and collaboration between technical engineers, setters, polishers and myself lead to the construction of each one of a kind ring.
The experience is as magical as the heirloom it creates. My passion is to create more than a piece of jewelry. Every piece I design reflects the love story of the couple it represents.
A few questions for Lindsey
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PIECE THAT YOU'VE EVER MADE?
My mom’s engagement ring. I used yellow diamonds because she gave my sisters and I all rings with yellow diamonds. It was the first piece I had a hand in designing. I was still on the corporate side at that time.
WHAT ABOUT THE FAVORITE PIECE THAT YOU OWN?
The ring from my mom that she had made for me is the piece I would grab if I could only take one piece and never see anything else again. It's definitely the most sentimental. But my favorite piece of mine is probably the Goddess chain because of the weight and it feels so good to wear it even though im a diamond girl through and through. I just love the feeling of gold on your skin- hanging on your neck or wrist.
WHAT ARE YOU MOST EXCITED TO MAKE IN THE FUTURE?
The moon phases bracelet that we are currently making. I am most likely always excited about the piece I am currently working on or in the process of designing. I'm not the most patient person and there’s a lot of anticipation once we hand something off to the jeweler.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART OF MAKING JEWELRY?
Definitely the transformation of it from 2d to 3d. I love a good sketch but there are so many ways to translate it into a 3d model. I love the collaborative part of working with our CAD designer to give a piece depth and weight.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PIECE/TYPE OF JEWELRY TO MAKE?
This changes with each design.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE DIAMOND SHAPE?
I love an emerald cut but there is something about an oval that is the right balance of elegance and flash.
WHAT ABOUT YOUR FAVORITE METAL COLOR?
It's a close race between yellow and rose gold and can be design specific.
SHOP A FEW OF LINDSEY'S FAVORITES
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