*She’s an actress, a writer, producer, singer…and now, Rashida Jones is a jewelry designer.
The creator and star of TBS’ “Angie Tribeca” has just launched Rashida Jones x Iconery, a 12-piece collection with the Venice, Calif.-based, fine jewelry startup, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Jones and Iconery’s creative director Andrea Linett go way back to the days of Sassy magazine, when Linett was an editor at the publication and featured Jones at age 15 alongside her sister, Kidada, then 17.
Iconery, which has a history of partnering with bloggers and personalities on collections, asked Jones in April if she’d be interested. The result is a line of sleek, solid rings, square bangles and hoops, some bearing ancient unifying symbols like the ankh and hamsa, other sprinkled with black diamonds. The prices range from $95-$875.
“We had a mood board, I took a lot of pictures of my friends’ jewelry as inspiration, and I did a bunch of magazine tears,” Jones tells The Hollywood Reporter. “I’m pretty sure Bianca Jagger was on there somewhere, and probably also some Pat Cleveland, Iman and Peter Lindbergh images from Vogue, like Christy Turlington, Cindy [Crawford], Naomi [Campbell], Claudia [Schiffer] in layered jewelry, all those big, bold pieces.”
Her first dozen creations are all gold with a bold vibe that reflects her affinity for the ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s.
Back in the ‘80s, Jones says, “I remember my mom [Peggy Lipton] having this big Chanel pearl necklace and Chanel pearl earrings and thinking it was really cool and very adult.” Since that time, she’s viewed accessories as a way to change an outfit, change one’s mood, or “go day to night or beach to city — it’s very expressive, and also so personal.”
Jones’ mom isn’t the only family member to spark her imagination: “My dad is sort of a jewelry inspiration for me,” she says.
Her father, legendary music producer Quincy Jones, “has really good jewelry,” she says. “In the ‘70s he used to wear a ton of jewelry onstage, and he gave me one of these cuffs with turquoise in a starburst that I love. He’s got a pinky ring that’s really cool. He always wore a gold chain, for my whole life, and he also had earrings for a while.”
His influence comes through in the Mariner Chains in this collection, which Jones says are a riff on the cheap chic versions you can score on Canal Street in New York City, but rendered as more “grown up, womanly.”
“As I get older, I don’t want as much stuff, I don’t want to play with as many looks,” says Jones. “I think I was more imaginative in my 20s and 30s,” says the 40-year-old. “Now I have to accept who I am, which is a mix of a few elements: I grew up wearing a uniform, I love the Japanese architectural-style fashion and I like classic French menswear.”
She adds, “When I see people who are really chic now, I realize it’s because they know who they are and know what their look is and they don’t stray from that.”