Judith Bright jewelryWe love all of the amazing independent designers out there. In order to find out more about just what makes all of these creative types tick, we present to you an ongoing segment called Indie Designer Interviews.

Today's interview is with jewelry designer Judith Bright, who spent 12 years working for Quincy Jones at his music publishing company before pursuing her longtime dream of designing jewelry.

Tell us a little about yourself and your work. Judith Bright is a boutique jewelry company focusing on Hand-Hammered 14K Gold-Filled and Sterling Silver links enhanced by semi-precious stones that are handcut in Jaipur, India. Our jewelry is affordable glamour.

How did you get started as a designer? After taking a few classes at a local art school, I realized that I wanted to be a full-time jewelry designer. I moved to Florence, Italy for a year and went to school there to learn silversmithing and wax carving. That experience set the passion in motion.

Judith Bright jewelryWhat inspires your work? Taking raw materials, hammering them, twisting them, altering their shapes, adding stones resulting in something that looks like jewelry people would be proud to wear. I'm also inspired to bring beautiful stones, excellent materials and simple, elegant design to women at a price that doesn't break the bank but is definitely heirloom quality.
Who are your favorite designers? My favorite jewelry design house is Pomellato from Italy. Tahari for clothes & Donald Pliner for shoes.

What are your top fashion & beauty must-haves? Must have the YSL clicker for under eye circles & mac Ruby Red lipstick. Platform shoes. Tunics from India.
Any advice you would give to aspiring designers? Plan to be in debt for a while but stick with it as there is a tipping point where money invested in materials and money spent to market and promote yourself begins to give back. Stay the course! If you believe in yourself and your talent and are willing to work very very hard it will happen for you. Also, I believe a good website is critical. It is a great calling card so my advice would be to spend $$ on the design so that it reflects your aesthetic. You will need a graphic designer and a web programmer-two separate people!

Where can people find your work? My on-line boutique www.judithbright.com, Vivre Catalog, Bendel's this upcoming holiday season at several trunkshows and Sundance.com this fall and holiday season.