Bonnie Corre

Founder, Love & Piece Jewelry

Originally a trained psychologist, Bonnie discovered her love of jewelry-making when she was working an interior designer. Her beautiful designs can make even the least accessories-minded person giddy.

What inspired you to start designing women's jewelry?

For as long as I can remember, I have always loved wearing and shopping for jewelry. Being an interior designer, it was natural for me to notice the balance and symmetry of the piece of jewelry I was examining. While considering its merits and whether I could afford to buy it, I would often redesign the piece in my mind and I decided to make my first real piece in October 2012. I wore this first piece out in the world and had a smile on my face for the rest of the day.

Why did you decide to hand make your pieces? How important is "keeping it local" and manufacturing your jewelry in L.A. to you?

I love designing new pieces of jewelry. I want to keep it local so I can be confident that the sources I work with provide the type of quality that I have come to expect. If you are manufacturing out of the country, for example, you have no real connection with the artisan. I ultimately want to make sure that Love & Piece jewelry is meticulously crafted locally by hand to ensure the highest personal quality.

What is the biggest challenge you have faced as a female entrepreneur?

I don’t think I’ve encountered any huge challenges specifically as a female entrepreneur. Since most jewelry businesses market to women, I almost feel that I have an extra advantage being a woman myself. I understand my ideal client and my goal is to connect with her through my website or in person in order to make her aware of my jewelry so that she can wear it and feel great!

If there was a fire, which one of your creations would you take with you?

I think I would probably take as many of my Midnight Sky pieces as I could get my hands on. I love the sparkly stones and the gold and blackened silver combination.