profile: ann dexter-jones, jewelry designer & mother of dragons

How lucky we were to cross paths with the lovely Ann Dexter-Jones, who might just be the warmest, most approachable person in a city littered with secular pessimists. After briefly meeting Ann at her trunk show she welcomed the deuxmoi gals into her eclectic West Village flat (we are allowed to say ‘flat’ because Ann is British-born) to talk about her eponymous jewelry line. As Ann escorted us into her ‘grand salon’, it was unmistakeable that this is a space where a creative mind resides. The walls are covered with family photos (btw, in earlier photos of Ann she is a Carrie Bradshaw doppelgänger) and various art work including works by her children, which she proudly displays. Ann casually points out the certification she has earned for becoming a Reiki Master…SCREECH! HALT! the deuxmoi gals now want to know EVERYTHING about Ann the Reiki Master (we live for anything alternative). Ann graciously tells us about how she became involved in Reiki and her work practicing this form of pseudoscience and we are hanging on every word…but alas, that is for another profile!

Ann has a family history rooted in jewelry design dating back to her paternal grandfather who was the crown jeweler for Emperor Franz Josef of Austria. The concept for designing her own jewelry line was initially realized when Ann moved to the United States over twenty years ago and noticed the popularity of the ID bracelet. Usually inscribed with a significant date or name, she was touched by the sentiment surrounding the tradition of gifting ID bracelets here in America. Ann found herself in a local vintage market in Hong Kong while on tour with her ex-husband, Mick Jones of the band Foreigner, when the idea popped into her head…she would create her own ID bracelet that incorporates her love of travel, music and art; passions she inherited from her father, who raised his family in many cities and countries around the world where Ann attended fourteen schools. The exposure to different cultures from such a worldly upbringing resonates in Ann’s designs today.

Ann Dexter-Jones Design, which is described as “rock-and-roll-chic jewels for women and secure men”, is hand crafted and assembled in New York City by skilled artisans who have experience creating prototypes for top jewelers, such as Van Cleef & Arpels and Cartier. Every stone is chosen by Ann and hand cut with guaranteed precision by artisans who restore stones for the famed Russian House of Faberge. Each link in the entire line is individually cast and assembled by hand and each piece has its’ own limited edition number. This casting method, which has not been commonly used since the mid-twentieth century, allows for a classic, old-school look, which recalls the long-standing tradition in which the concept of the ID bracelet was created.

Jewelry designer, writer (Ann’s articles have appeared in The New York Times, Tatler, Nylon, Gotham, WWD and Town & Country), world traveler, legendary hostess…but first and foremost it is evident that Ann counts motherhood as her greatest accomplishment. Having given birth to a brood of insanely talented children, Ann has naturally named an ID bracelet after each one of her children: Inlaid with Brazilian Wood for Grammy-winning music producer Mark Ronson; Pink Opal with Rubbies for fashion designer Charlotte Ronson; Black Onyx with White Diamonds for DJ, musician, songwriter and producer Samantha Ronson; Solid Silver with Black Pave Diamonds for recording artist and international DJ Alexander Dexter-Jones and Lapis with Yellow Sapphires for actress, filmmaker and model Annabelle Dexter-Jones.

It was such a pleasure meeting and interviewing Ann and although it was hard to choose, we selected some of our favorite pieces from Ann Dexter-Jones Design below. See Ann’s favorites subsequently and for more information on these uber chic jewels visit www.anndexterjones.com

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Ann’s Favorites:

pair of earrings in the collection:
The Annabelle
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necklace in the collection:
Buckle Necklace
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Pave Black Diamond ID Necklace (not shown)

rings in the collection:
Knuckle Ring; inspired by a conversation with Harry Styles, designed to ease and benefit musician’s and guitar player’s “trigger finger” problems
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Stacking Rings
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bracelet in the collection:
Black Onyx Midnight Hour Bracelet
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Hematite ID Bracelet with yellow sapphires (shown with black diamonds below)
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Jasper ID Bracelet with black diamonds
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Silver ID Bracelet with Gold Overlay
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Fairy Bracelets
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Starry Starry Night with Turquoise
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sentimental piece of jewelry you own:
my mother’s gold link chunky bracelet with a padlock from the 1930’s

type of jewelry to receive as a gift:
Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia

type of jewelry to give as a gift:
something from my Collection

latest jewelry trend:
my “Harry Styles” Knuckle Rings

piece of jewelry you fantasize about owning:
The Hope Diamond

piece you made for a client:
a client had me encase her wisdom teeth in gold to wear as a necklace

fashion designer:
Charlotte Ronson

shoe designer:
Repetto

handbag designer:
Delvaux

t-shirt designer:
J. Crew

sneaker brand:
I do not make any final selection of sneakers before checking with my uber perfectionist queen of sneakers, Samantha

scent:
Tom Ford

beauty products:
anything I see on Charlotte or Annabelle’s vanity

makeup:
old stock Charlotte Ronson’s line for Sephora

nail color:
bare

hair products:
Wen & John Freida

hair salon:
Brad Johns for color

vacation spot:
anywhere that the sun shines, I love the ocean & the mountains

hotel:
Chateau Marmont

restaurant:
Omar’s, Bar Pitti, Tijuana Picnic

magazine:
Harper’s Magazine & The Onion

gadget:
electronic toothbrush

splurge:
Oscar de la Renta

5 questions with Ann:

who is your hollywood crush?
Kevin Spacey

how would you describe your style?
eclectic, chic & classic

biggest turn on:
great energy & a warm smile

if nobody ever found out I would…
steal a Salvador Dali from the MET

i would just about do anything for…
caviar