Before launching her jewelry brand, Laurel Patrick, Brooklynite Alexis MacDonald spent a decade designing shoes and traveling to factories overseas. “I always felt that I wanted to be hammering the leather and stitching. I really like the production process,” she says. So she changed paths and dove into her own brand, studying under New York jeweler Michael Fitzgerald and experimenting with metal-smithing and wax-carving. It paid off: Laurel Patrick’s crystal-centric pieces sell in chic spots like the Wythe Hotel in Williamsburg and the West Village’s Albertine. On the heels of her new website launch, we talked to this creative lady about smoothies, swear-by-it French skincare and the joy of the early-bird dinner.
What inspires your designs?
I have a large collection of (1) jewelry that I inherited from my grandmothers. I really love the craftsmanship of that jewelry; you can’t find it in the current market. It’s a different quality, a different process. I want to go back to that. I also go to shows to find gems that I like and take them home, and I kinda stare at them a lot. I put them in different configurations on the floor, and I play with them, and they kind of speak to me in some way. That’s the cool thing about starting your own thing. There are no rules. You can create your own process.
You’re tuned in to the powers assigned to certain stones. Do you gravitate toward a certain quality?
I really love (2) tiger’s eye. It’s meant to help heal broken bones and relieve congestion and digestive problems. And I’m always searching for the (3) clearest quartz. There’s something really magical about that to me. It’s the master healer; it amplifies energy and thought and emphasizes any other stone that’s around. It’s like the superpower of them all.