Inspirations

The Broken Heart Jewelry Collection by Rachel Quinn

Pin Cushion Through the Heart earrings in oxidized sterling silver with freshwater pearls and heat-treated rubies, $920; Rachel Quinn

New York City. June 7, 2019. When Rachel Quinn fell in love nearly four years ago, she and her beau fell quickly for one another. Quinn had just moved from New York City to Los Angeles to take advantage of the California weather and ride her motorcycle more often, and within a few months of her move she met her new man.

“As soon as we met, we were both like ‘Oh, I found you!’” she recollects. “It was fast and furious, and within two months he proposed.”

Keiko Mita jewelry

Up until that point, Quinn’s jewelry had a bit of an edge—think biker themes and skulls—but the romance softened her aesthetic. She created a Puffed Hearts series that reflected the feeling in her own lovestruck heart as well as her degree in fine arts and background in painting and sculpture. He asked her to make a piece that represented their love, and out of that request was born a pair of hands holding a heart. “It represented me holding his love and me offering mine,” Quinn explains.

But then he met a new friend, and Quinn suspected it was more than platonic. As the relationship seemed to blossom, Quinn’s instincts were on alert; she pressed him about it, and he denied any inappropriate behavior. But when Quinn asked to see the texts on his phone, he could no longer deny the romance. “He lied to my face,” says Quinn. “He literally left me and moved in with her.”

Save a street dog's life this summer.

So, when the relationship broke, the hurt was illustrated in her work. Quinn started damaging her heart jewels, but in an adorning way that turned trauma into beauty. Her thoughts turned to voodoo effects, and her happy puffed hearts turned into pin cushions with pearl-topped needles covering their surfaces. Arrows, too, cut through the hearts just as her fiancé’s action had done to her own. And despite the pain, Quinn realized there was something beautiful to heartbreak.

“I know now that I have a basement and a subbasement of emotions that I didn’t have before,” she says. “I understand things more deeply—pain brings you that. And there is a beautiful humanity to it, the connections you make to people who share their stories with you. It’s been a very unifying experience.”

To advertise, contact Nicole@thejewelrybook.com.

For sure, Quinn’s heartbreak is bittersweet given that collectors stand to gain from her wrenching emotions working overtime in creativity mode.

“I’m not done—I have more damaged hearts to make,” she says. “My Pin Cushion Hearts have truly been my lemonade out of the last few months of lemons.”


This content is copyright protected and may not be reproduced.

Pin Cushion Heart ring in sterling silver with freshwater pearls, $385; Rachel Quinn

Pin Cushion Heart ring in sterling silver with freshwater pearls, $385; Rachel Quinn

Cupid's Heart Bracelet in 18k gold vermeil, $480; Rachel Quinn

Cupid’s Heart bracelet in 18k gold vermeil, $480; Rachel Quinn

Editor’s note: Quinn made this cute, happy, puffed-up heart during her relationship.

Pin Cushion Heart necklace in oxidized silver with freshwater pearls, $710; Rachel Quinn

Pin Cushion Black Heart necklace in oxidized silver with freshwater pearls, $710; Rachel Quinn

Pin Cushion Through the Heart earrings in oxidized sterling silver with freshwater pearls and heat-treated rubies, $920; Rachel Quinn

Pin Cushion Through the Heart earrings in oxidized sterling silver with freshwater pearls and heat-treated rubies, $920; Rachel Quinn


This content is copyright protected and may not be reproduced.

Share this Story
  • The Broken Heart Jewelry Collection by Rachel Quinn

    New York City. June 7, 2019. When Rachel Quinn fell in love nearly four years ago, she and her beau fell ...
Load More Related Articles
Load More By Jennifer Heebner
Load More In Inspirations

Leave a Reply

Check Also

Part II of II: 21 Jewels I Fell For at the 2019 AGTA Spectrum Awards Media Preview

New York City. Aug. 22, 2019. Here are ...

Subscribe to the Newsletter

Instagram

Instagram has returned invalid data.

Follow Me!