Who doesn’t feel inspired after a long walk along Tod’s Point? For jewelry designer Kimberlin Brown, days spent at our town beach and scenic locales around the globe spawned ideas for key pieces in her collections. Kimberlin, a third-generation Greenwich-ite who currently lives in Manhattan, has created custom jewelry for Adele, Bette Midler, Whoopi Goldberg, model Helena Christensen, Zac Posen and others, and worked on collections for Barneys and Takashimaya before launching her own line. Now she’s taking her gems south to vacation destinations as part of her new partnership with Seaside Luxe boutiques. Her pieces will be available at resorts such as the Viceroy in Anguilla and The Four Seasons in Maui. She’s designed them to reflect the surroundings of the resorts; for instance, incorporating peridot, which is indigenous to Hawaii, in her Sea Anemone ring. “I play around with colors that feel like that place,” she says.
The nature-loving artist who studied at the Art Institute of Chicago and took classes at silversmith Georg Jensen’s studio in Copenhagen, got her start in the arts while growing up in town, taking drawing classes at the Bruce Museum and being named to the art honors society at Greenwich High School. From her studio in Chelsea, Kimberlin crafts pieces in gold, silver, bronze, gemstones and pearls, some cast directly from objects found in nature (a poppy flower bud she brought back from Tuscany became a pendant and an Icelandic birch branch was transformed into a custom wedding band). Her respect for the environment extends to her charitable connections too, as she supports Oceana and SeaWeb and other preservation organizations. Kimberlin hopes to be back in town later this spring, exhibiting at the Outdoor Arts Festival at the Bruce Museum. “The culture of the town is just so inspiring to me,” she says.