Jay Strongwater began his career in 1981 while a student at the Rhode Island School of Design. After garnering rave reviews for a necklace he made his mother, he took jewellery samples to the open buyer days at several of New York’s department stores and a burgeoning business was born.
Jay Strongwater’s taste for big, bold bijoux was seen throughout the 80’s on fashion runways, magazine covers, and prominent jewellery counters across the United States.
The move to home accessories was delightfully serendipitous and organic. The spark was a jewel encrusted picture frame Jay created in 1995 using components from his jewellery collection. He first gave these as gifts to friends, fashion editors, and buyers who immediately wanted more. By 1998, his Jewels For The Home supplanted his fashion business.