Today we have a very special treat for you — an introduction to the lovely Kristyn Pankiw of Milk + Crown Jewelry and a giveaway! I’ve really enjoyed getting to know this talented gal over the last few months and I’m sure you’ll fall in love with her gorgeous creations. Check out the interview below! [The beautiful Soledad Bracelet is pictured throughout this post.]
What inspired you to start making jewelry? I’ve always wanted to work for myself and I love design, but I was constantly changing my mind about what I wanted to do. I kept seeing bloggers post about various jewelry they liked, and I thought to myself, “I can do that!” One day, I discovered the image of a milkcrown–basically the shape milk takes when it splashes. For some reason, it was inspiring to me; a bit romantic, fleeting and beautiful in a unique way. I found myself sketching a necklace design, the Caron, which is essentially a milkcrown in jewelry form. I decided to name my shop after that spark of inspiration, and thus, Milk + Crown was born.
Where do your design ideas come from, and what’s your creative process? I’m so inspired by modern design that’s still classic and feminine. I’ll find beads or pendants or a style that I like and play around with it, sketch out the design and then bring it to life. It’s like connecting the dots. I never knew that turning my ideas into something tangible with my own hands could be so rewarding and lovely. There’s an understated beauty to the art of jewelry-making.
What’s your creative environment like? It’s so cheesy but I just have to listen to Madeleine Peyroux while I make jewelry. I love working on pieces in the morning, with the natural light and a warm cup of tea.
What’s the most exciting thing you’ve accomplished since launching your brand? I had a bride order Bryony necklaces for her six bridesmaids–my first custom order! It’s exciting to see that my jewelry is so versatile, for everyday wear or even weddings!
What’s your vision for the future of Milk + Crown? I would love to have a few of my pieces in a boutique. Someday, I really hope I can turn my passion into a full-time career.
I just love Kristyn’s story. Her pieces truly reflect a sweet, simple and elegant quality that is so consistent with the origins of Milk + Crown. Some of my favorites are pictured below: (clockwise from the top left) the Talia Necklace, the Stella Necklace, the Yael Earrings and the Paz Gold Coin Necklace.
Now for the giveaway! Kristyn is giving one lucky winner any piece from the Milk + Crown collection that they choose! The giveaway is open internationally and you must be 18 or older to enter. Use the Rafflecopter widget below for easy entry. Good luck!
Be sure to check out the Milk + Crown blog for tons of inspiring imagery and writing.
A special thanks to A Cup of Commonwealth coffeehouse in Lexington, KY for letting us shoot this post in their lovely space!
The magazine pictured in the table shots is Anthology, a new favorite and definitely worth picking up.