Meet the Designer: Kristen Robison of Minoux Jewelry

Developing a signature look should always involve that one piece of jewelry you never take off and goes with everything. Bonus points if it’s also made in a way that doesn’t kill the environment. Enter Minoux Jewelry. Designer Kristen Robison creates simple rings and statement necklaces from her studio in Portland and we’ve fallen hard, for the metal work and for the woman behind it. Extra bonus points for that signature piece when you know the story behind the person who made it. Here, Kristen talks to us about sustainable jewelry making, the beauty of bronze and doing away with the stress of your morning #OOTD.
HOW DID YOU GET YOUR START IN JEWELRY DESIGN? I went to India during an exploratory time in my life. I had just graduated with a degree in political science and an intention to go to law school, but was realizing that law wasn’t what I really wanted to do. In India, I learned how to solder metal using traditional techniques. It was the first time I had ever soldered or made a ring. I was incredibly struck by the skill of the artisans I learned from, and the labour-intensive techniques, which required very few tools. I think that ethos has stayed with me to this day.