Age: 45. Claim-to-fame: Co-owner of fine jewelry line Ash + Ames. Lives in: Lincoln Park. Brave new city: I’m from California, but I don’t mind the cold in Chicago. I think it’s quite refreshing. Transitions: After writing three best-selling books on motherhood and marriage, [my co-founder Amy Nobile] and I were looking for our next chapter, and wanted to balance helping women create their best lives with a [charitable] component. Shining start: We traveled to Haiti a couple years ago and brought back pieces like beautiful horn cuffs [made by female Haitian artists], and our friends loved them. That sparked the idea for the business: a luxe jewelry brand that supports female artisans around the globe while giving back. Woman-to-woman: We work with women artisans in Chicago, San Francisco, New York and many other countries, [including] Haiti, Sri Lanka, France and Israel. These women are able to be entrepreneurs in their own right, have financial freedom and give back to their communities. Where the heart is: We’re sponsoring an 18-year-old girl named Michou in Haiti. We’re helping her with English lessons and computer and public-speaking skills. She will [also] begin an apprenticeship in jewelry design. All of our proceeds from [pieces created by] Haitian artisans go back to Haiti. Notable clientele: Beyoncé loves our gold choker ($305) and Jessica Alba is a huge fan of our double bullet necklace ($450). Can’t live without: My pavé diamond studs ($395) — I wear them every single day. Spring trends: The color aqua, fringe, suede and gold — delicate golds are gorgeous with florals.
For more information, visit Ashandames.com.
I love modern pieces that are a great backdrop for jewelry.
Diane von Furstenberg: Arlenis long-sleeve silk top, $268, Neiman Marcus, 737 N. Michigan; Neimanmarcus.com
This ring was designed and handmade in Sri Lanka. It’s so comfortable and I love the versatility.
Ash + Ames: handcut marcasite ring, $625; Ashandames.com
[Dream Dry is my] new go-to spot for blowouts. I love the ‘Stevie Undone’ for a natural wave.
Dream Dry: blowouts start at $30, 904 W. Armitage; Dreamdry.com
On Ashworth, similar styles: Pavé diamond dog tag, $775-$1,650; Grey, blue, gold bracelet/necklace, $275; alligator leather cuff, $195
Photo by Ramzi Dreessen