Fascinated by intricate bead-work and blending unusually vivid colors, Irene Neuwirth has raised the bar for show-stopping jewelry. The free spirit she herself has with style has transcended to her designs as raw, un-manufactured cuts and organic forms with the ocean’s purity, power, and color being her main influence. As distinct works of art capriciously placed among vibrant hues, Neuwirth’s pieces can be worn on both the formal and informal of days.
Not only has she claimed a seat at the forefront of modern fine jewelry design, but Neuwirth can be declared as a trendsetter among the elite. With celebrities from Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, and Angelina Jolie wearing her creations to receiving tremendous editorial attention in both fashion and lifestyle publications, it’s pretty tricky not to come across her unique baubles. Since Irene Neuwirth Jewelry’s inception in 2000, she has claimed a permanent seat at the top of the jewelry world. Luckily, Marissa Collections was able to take a seat and join her for a quick Q&A session to get to know her a little more. Here is what she had to say.

Marissa Collections: What originally inspired you to design jewelry?

Irene Neuwirth: I was teaching horseback riding and making pieces in my spare time. The demand grew quickly so I realized I had to really take a leap and go for it.

MC: What is the biggest milestone or proudest moment in your career so far?
IN: My greatest accomplishment to date is becoming one of the top ten finalists for CFDA Vogue Fashion Fund. Which was such an honor!
MC: Where is your favorite place in the world and why?
IN: I’ve been traveling so much I am tempted to say HOME, which is a dreamy little house on the Venice Canals!

MC: How do you feel about Marissa Collections as a home for your collection?

IN: I LOVE IT! First of all, the store couldn’t be more beautiful, and it is truly the most fun group of people. We always have so much fun there.

MC: What personal piece of jewelry is most special to you?

IN: This is ever changing. My Dad gave my Mom a long, rose gold chain with a pocket watch on it from Tiffany’s. She has worn it every single day for as long as I can remember.

MC: What is your idea of perfect happiness?

IN: Snuggling with Teddy, my enormous and adorable Labrodoodle.

MC: What is your favorite journey?

IN: I love driving up the California Coast on the Pacific Coast Highway.

MC: Which talent would you most like to have?

IN: These days? The ability to be in more than one place at a time.

MC: What is your most treasured possession?

IN: Teddy, again.

MC: Who are your heroes?

IN: Strong women! My Mom.

MC: What is your motto?

IN: GO FOR IT!

MC: What is your favorite stone?

IN: I love opals. I’ve used them forever and they amaze me. I also love mint chrysophase, which I’ve been using heavily for the past few collections.

Lucky for you, Marissa Collections will be hosting an Irene Neuwirth trunk show starting Thursday, March 8th running through Saturday, March 10. So if you’re a fan, come by and for those of you new to Irene Neuwirth and all her wonderfulness, swing in and check our her jewelry. We promise you will fall in love!

Keep it sparkly,