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Designer Spotlight: Designer Spotlight: Elliot Young Designs

Meet Jessica Elliot and Jennifer Young, L.A.-based entrepreneurs with over 20 years of experience in the jewelry industry. They joined forces with the mission of creating jewelry that makes people feel beautiful and empowered while making a positive impact. And today, they're doing just that through Elliot Young Fine Jewelry and the Elliot Young Impact Program, which benefits local youth. Modern yet timeless, jewelry is crafted with precious metals and stones, hand cast, fabricated and set.

Describe yourself in three words.
Jess: Creative, hardworking, openhearted.
Jen: Creative, determined, empathetic.

How do you define your aesthetic?
Our jewelry transcends all ages and trends, so it never goes out of style. It can be styled for everyday wear or layered to create a statement. You can curate your own style with these modern pieces.

What do you enjoy most about the creative process?
To see your vision come to life is the most rewarding feeling. Having others love what you create, and knowing you've made something that makes people feel beautiful, is priceless.

What motivates you each day?
Knowing we're helping people. We've raised money for hearing loss, mental health, child trafficking and hunger. Our biggest achievement by far is being able to do what we love while making a difference.

What do you hope people say about Elliot Young?
It's quality jewelry that's beautiful, makes me feel good and makes an impact.

Designer Spotlight: Lexi Mazz Designs

Alexis Mazza melds her experience in the jewelry industry with her love of fashion to create pieces that can be mixed, matched, stacked and layered - exuding confidence, beauty and grace in any setting. Empowering women to think outside the box, LexiMazz Designs seeks to modernize fine jewelry by allowing individuals to create looks that are unique to them. For Mazza, jewelry design is about more that creating art. It's about creating happiness, one piece at a time.

Describe yourself in three words.
Ambitious, enthusiastic, chic.

How do you define the style of your collection?
Fine jewelry that's classic, trendy and transitional. It's a modern take on wearing jewelry for women who don't want to be told what to wear or how to wear it.

What do you love most about jewelry design?
Being a designer is a cycle of happiness. It's more than just creating art. It's creating designs that excite you and the people who wear them.

What motivates you to continue your work?
I'm on cloud nine when I'm working. My work gives me a sense of purpose that motivates me to continue chasing my dreams.

What do you consider your biggest achievement?
Winning an emerging designer competition in 2017, which led to the beginning of LexiMazz Designs. I'm so proud to be a sixth-generation jeweler, and especially proud to have something I can call my own.