Julia Parker

A brief story of what you do and why you do it:

It's very important to me to create beauty with meaning. I believe we are influenced by our surroundings and the objects that surround us, so why not have our jewelry hold meaning that reminds us of who we are and what we value? I'm also a numerologist and I know how helpful it can be to have these clues that help us to know ourselves on a deeper level. So I created the Numeral line of jewelry based around the numbers one through nine where each of the pieces holds a subtle representation of the number. I let people know the meanings of the numbers and they can choose the piece that represents the qualities they are looking for in their lives or they can choose the piece they are drawn to stylistically. I can also work with people to determine their life number or the number of their family. The rings are unisex so they work for many different styles.

I also know the importance of our relationships and have designed a series of Bond bangles, Mother Daughter bangles and As She Grows bangles that allow family and friends to honor one another in a way that is elegant and timeless. I love hearing the stories from clients on how excited they are to give and receive these with their loved ones.

How did you get into jewelry design?

I made jewelry with beads for as long as I can remember. Back in 2009 I was in a job that wasn't exactly fulfilling. One day as I was looking at jewelry on the internet I had this huge feeling inside me that told me I was supposed to learn to make jewelry like this. It was the calmest but most exciting feeling. I started looking for classes but at the time I didn't even know what to search for. I eventually found the studio where I still work. At the beginning it was just a way to be creative and something to look forward to but eventually metalsmithing got completely in my blood!

What makes your collection unique?

The numerology aspect of my jewelry is one of the most unique. Each of the numbers are represented through my jewelry but they are done in a way that is so subtle that it's more like a secret code, sort of like numerology itself. When people wear my jewelry it has an important meaning to them and they wear it as a reminder of what they are seeking in their lives and who they want to be. I love that it holds beauty as well as meaning and purpose.

The Bond bangles are also special in that they are a gorgeous way to honor the important women in your life but in a way that is also subtle. Keeping things discreet is very important to me so the owner holds the power of the symbolism. That is honored in the Bond Bangles, the Mother Daughter bangles and in the As She Grows bangles.


What are your inspirations?

Numbers of course! I'm also inspired by Egyptian and Art Deco designs. I love the combination of contemporary but with a timeless feel. Clean lines that are soft and fluid inspire me. Anything that is elegant yet edgy. I guess it's a lot about being able to incorporate two completely different but individually strong elements so they work together.

How are you making a difference in your life?

My jewelry is making a difference in peoples lives because they are wearing something that holds meaning and purpose for them and they feel beautiful at the same time. I'm making a difference by pursuing my dream and something that fills me up.

What's something unusual about you that makes you “you”?

I grew up on a farm in Columbia, North Carolina and that has greatly influenced who I am as a person. Professionally, I have a degree in landscape design, I've been a hairstylist, and I've also been a project manager in construction. So I have a lot of different sides to my personality. Being a hairstylist was the most rewarding and I think that still influences me today. It's such an intimate profession that combines beauty with really getting to know people and that's what I like to do with my jewelry as well.

What's the biggest struggle in running your jewelry business like a business? OR What is your biggest success in running your business like a business?

It's tricky for me to understand when to bring in help and when I need to handle things on my own. It's such a delicate balance. The inconsistency of owning a business is both exciting and daunting and can be a roller coaster emotionally. I love the security of being financially stable but there are certain risks that are inherent in running a business in order to move forward and it can be tough to decipher which risks are the ones to take.

As far as successes, I have gained so much confidence working for myself rather than working for someone else. Now every day is a new learning opportunity professionally, emotionally, and financially and I'm proud of myself for walking through it.


071812_A079C-1990641321-OI live in San Diego, California where I design and hand make each of the pieces in my collection. I have been a practicing Metalsmith since 2009 and my work has a sculptural, sophisticated and elegant ease. My main objective is creating beauty with meaning so that my pieces will hold personal symbolism to the owner. I love creating a personal connection with each of my clients in order to discover their values and find a way to represent that in tangible creations.

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