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Mother-of-pearl inlay Swivel earrings in 14k yellow gold; $3,725

Large lapis inlay Wisdom pendant in 14k yellow gold with diamonds; $3,910

Triple Coil pinky ring with mother-of-pearl and diamond in 14k yellow gold; $1,550

SEPTEMBER / OCTOBER 2017

During those years, she prepared herself by shadowing a few jewelers in downtown L.A. She was driven to learn about how everything is made so that now, as she says, “I’m not walking around like an idiot, being like, ‘I design jewelry.’ A lot of people just want to make money. They take pictures off Instagram and drop them off to have someone make it better.” Stone attributes much of her knowledge to the generous tutelage of a jeweler in downtown L.A. who took her under his wing. She recalls him saying, “I see myself in you. When I was your age and living in Lebanon, I was ready to do anything to get experience, and someone gave me a bench.” So he paid it forward. “He would introduce me to people and tell them, ‘She gets my price,’ ” Stone says. Her surname seems beautifully symbolic, as if becoming a jeweler were her destiny. But she wasn’t born with the name Stone; she married into it. And it was the act of marriage that allowed her to debut her own line. Stone’s wedding four years ago paved the way for the green card that gave her the freedom to pursue her jewelry calling, just as she was thinking the architecture business was solid without her. Perhaps it was destiny. She had already started off slowly, making wedding rings for friends. Newly empowered, she dove in and debuted Supply and Demand, a line of jewels that connected craftspeople in developing nations to a supply chain here. She envisioned it almost like Toms (the wildly popular shoe brand) but for jewelry, in partnership with Opportunity International, a financial services nonprofit for which she’d volunteered, visiting different countries and sourcing gems. One day she realized that she was pursuing something noble and worthy, but she wasn’t following her heart. “The jewelry was going in a different direction—those early collections were confused.” She was being driven to create designs that tended more toward high fashion, but building the supply chain was stifling her creatively. It was that understanding that set her on the path to Retrouvaí. In 2015, Stone began to evolve the aesthetic while keeping the old name. Then she started on the signets, she rebranded as Retrouvaí, and—boom!—she started receiving attention. Today, Retrouvaí can be found in select stores as far afield as Brazil, Switzerland, and the U.K. It’s also sold in Barneys New York and at boutiques in and around Chicago (Frances Heffernan), Dallas (Ylang 23), and New York City (Fivestory). Stone has found clarity in her life by helping create meaning in the lives of her customers: “I want women to give things to their children that will make them feel powerful. I want to give people a head start on the stories they will pass down. If I open your jewelry box, I see a story in every single piece. Like, ‘This came from here,’ or ‘This, oh, it’s a funny story.’ ” Meanwhile, as she grows her business, she barely has time to create stories of her own. “I’m just trying to get everything done so people don’t yell at me,” she says, smiling. JCKONLINE.COM

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