There are some entrepreneurs that are just born to do what they do, Jarilyn is one of them. An adventurer at heart, Jarilyn has racked up some serious air miles traveling around the world working on her passions. Inspiring, dedicated to her craft and one to watch, Jarilyn Jewelry is a brand that is just as special and unique as its owner.
Here, we chatted to Jarilyn to find out more…
Tell us about the journey that lead you to launching your brand, Jarilyn Jewelry…
Having been born to an adventurous and entrepreneurial family in Malaysia, I moved to Melbourne, Australia at the age of 16. That’s where I finished high school and then earned a Bachelor degree in Economics at La Trobe University. In the early ’90s, I arrived in San Francisco to run the family dental and medical supplies business for the states. A decade later, I embarked on a journey to pursue my personal passion. I received a California state aesthetician license and opened my first skincare spa in Northern California.
I’ve always adored Carmel by the Sea for its European charm and magnificent views of the ocean. In 2010, I relocated my skincare business to Carmel so that I could make a home in the place where my heart belonged. Within a short time, Jarilyn’s Spa Retreat received wide recognition from the Carmel Pine Cone for being the best skincare business on the Monterey Peninsula . Adding to my accolades, the San Francisco Chronicle featured my Signature Gold Facial and touted it as an “innovative” treatment.
Then, one day, a skincare client invited me to take over her jewelry shop; Jarilyn Jewelry, a gallery of exquisite jewelry art was born! I managed to expand my exploration of aesthetics to the world of personal adornments. Growing up, I was always fascinated with beautiful jewelry, which I encountered during my travels. I am very blessed to have this rare opportunity.
You’ve been on quite the journey to get to where you are, always listening to your heart every step of the way. Are there any decisions you have made that you later went on to regret?
Honestly, it took me a few life lessons to finally learn to listen to my heart. I have made some decisions that I regretted in life. One of them is I should not have left my family in Malaysia when I was so young. At the age of 16 I decided to pack my bags and say goodbye to my parents & all my loved ones in Malaysia to pursue my high school and university education in Australia. I was too keen to see the new world and didn’t realize what I needed the most then was my parent’s love. I guess I was misled by the phrase; the grass is always greener on the other side! 😉 It took me a while to readjust to my new life. However, looking back on that opportunity, it has made me more independent and self-reliant.
Tell us more about Love Clicks and the concept behind your latest collection…
Love Clicks was created because I have always wanted to create a design that is personal and unique, a design where everyone can relate to it emotionally. There is a saying that “love makes the world go round” which is so true. I believe love is the ultimate force that triggers an emotional attachment, in this case to a piece of jewelry. Have you ever come across a piece of jewelry and you just can’t help yourself from falling in love with the design and style? This attachment could be triggered by the love you have for your loved ones or yourself. Simultaneously, I want my jewelry to be more than just a piece of jewelry. It’s a piece of wearable fine art as well.
Hence, the inspiration of my design is mainly derives from the source of love. The Love Clicks concept is to showcase the never ending love by using the birthstones of our loved ones to form a one of a kind and elegant ”puzzle” ring. This exquisite custom designed ring can be worn as a single birthstone ring or combined with other birthstones rings to form a special union between couples or family members. A wonderful alternative to wedding bands, friendship rings or eternity/anniversary rings. Most importantly, everyone can create their personal Love Clicks.
My latest collection concept is based on love as well. It could be my love for nature such as flowers, birds, seasons, sunsets and the list goes on. In addition, I have added more flexibility in most of my latest designs where my valuable clients can wear my jewelry in many different ways such as a ring that can be worn as a pendant or a pendant can be worn as a broach. I am trying to be more creative for all my future designs. Recently, besides Love Clicks, my 2 other designs Mermaid’s love and For the Love of halo baguette have won US jewelers magazine retailers choice award.
If you to describe your jewellery in three words, what would they be?
Creative, artistic and unique.
What advice would you offer to anyone wanting to become an entrepreneur?
Take the courage to turn your passion into action. The unknown can be scary at times but do not let any fear or others deter you, as we only live once!
How would you describe your personal style?
I would describe my personal style as artistic style. When I was growing up my mom used to take me to various jewelry shops around the world. She exposed me to many one-of-a-kind jewelries. I’ve always been geared towards something more creative and artistic.
I am very thankful to my mom for instilling this passion of jewelry in me since young.
Talk us through an average day in your life…
My average day can be fulfilling. I wake up by saying a little prayer for the day then I will let my creativity and positivity energy flow through my work day. I go to work, set up my jewelry shop, and then meet all my valuable clients personally. Seeing the sparkle in my client’s eyes that my jewelry has brought to them really makes my day. On my off day, I enjoy catching up with my loved ones and being with my plant babies enjoying my gardening downtime bliss.
How much has social media played a role in the success of your brand?
I have to say social media has played an important role to the success of my brand. It has enabled me to introduce all my creations to the world. Also, it has allowed me to build a special connection and networking relationship with many awesome established entities such as House of Coco. I am so honored. Indeed, social media has bought the world a lot closer.
You’re very well traveled and have called many places home but which place really has your heart?
Yes, I am very blessed to be given the opportunity to travel to many wonderful countries and have called many places home. The place that really has my heart is Carmel by the Sea in California. After years of traveling and moving around, I have found my serenity in Carmel by the Sea. I love its unique and artistic charm which is surrounded by beautiful ocean and nature.
Our readers love to travel, what destination is at the top of your bucket list?
Paris is at the top of my bucket list. Even though I have been to many beautiful places I have not been to Paris. Since I was a little girl I have always dreamed of going there because I was told Paris is a very romantic city. I guess it goes well with my personality!
What is your go-to quote when lacking motivation?
My favorite go-to quote is “whenever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine”!! Always focus on the positive side of everything.
What’s next for you and the brand?
I hope to bring my brand to the next level by incorporating more creativity and flexibility. I want my clients to pass on my jewelry for generations as special heirloom jewelry.
What does self care mean to you?
Self care means balancing my life and enjoying my “me” time. I feel this is a very important step that many people have neglected. We have to love ourselves in order to give more. Hence, I love pampering my overall well- being by using my “me” times. It could be just watching a good movie, a little get away or a spa treatment, it will be enough to make me feel uplifted and rejuvenated.
Where can people find out more?
By following @jarilynjewelrycarmel on Instagram or my website : Jarilynjewelrycarmel.com