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Spotlight On Lauren's Hope Jewelry Designer, Katy Russell


Recently, we caught up with Lauren’s Hope jewelry designer, Ann Kathryn, who shared her thoughts on jewelry design and gave us a little sneak peek at what she has in the works. Today, we have another behind-the-scenes look at where our great medical ID bracelet and necklace ideas and designs come from: It’s an interview with Lauren’s Hope jewelry designer Katy Russell, whose signature styles range from elegant to simple to just plain fun!

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Tara: So, how did you get into jewelry design?

Katy: I got into jewelry design when a friend bought me some beads as a birthday present, and it just went from there!

Tara: What do you enjoy most about designing jewelry for Lauren’s Hope?

Katy:  I love knowing that I’m not just creating fun jewelry for others, but that I’m creating jewelry that is helping others and could potentially save lives! It’s nice knowing you’re part of something greater and that others want to wear your designs out of everything else they could wear.

Tara: Which of your designs are your favorites?

Katy: I love the Sweet Harbor medical ID bracelet (B245). I just love the colors on that bracelet. I also love the Clementine and Gaga (B257 and B256) because they are so bright and funky!

Tara: I love those! I think the Sweet Harbor will be my next purchase. Where do you get your incredible design ideas?

fun facts katyKaty: My imagination! Usually I will go to a store and see a bead that just catches my eye, and then I match others to go with it, and a bracelet evolves! I also love to get color schemes and ideas from home and style magazines.

Tara: Is there someone in your life who wears a Lauren’s Hope ID?

Katy: Yes, my grandmother. She is a warrior with diabetes, and a survivor of breast cancer, cervical cancer, and skin cancer. She wears several medical ID bracelets. Some are from Lauren’s Hope and others that I personally designed for her.

Tara: She sounds like her life story is incredible! Do you often hear stories from customers’ lives about how your designs or their Lauren’s Hope bracelets in general have impacted them?

Katy: I have spoken with many customers about how their bracelet saved their child’s life or their own life when having an allergic reaction. [When people talk about my designs] I feel excited and happy to have made something they love and that will keep them safe! I love hearing what they like and don’t like so that I can continue to create styles people will enjoy wearing.

Tara: What are you working on right now?

Katy: I am currently working on new wrap and woven style bracelet designs.

Do you have any questions for Katy? Are you wearing one of her designs? Comment below and let Katy know what you’d like to see next!





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I LOVE your designs!!! You are an amazing designer, and great with color! :)
Posted @ Wednesday, April 25, 2012 12:29 PM by Summer
Katy, I LOVE the designs on Laurens Hope page BUT...I really need you to design a bracelet for those of us with RSD/CRPS which is Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy or otherwise known as Complex Regional Pain Syndrome. http://www.rsds.org/2/what_is_rsd_crps/index.html 
I was diagnosed with this disease almost 7 months ago when I shattered my wrist. Its the most painful disease ever and since diagnosis, I have lost nearly complete use of my dominant hand which doesn't leave me much of a choice as far as jewelry goes. I cant clasp a necklace or fasten a bracelet so I need something to wear that signifies that I can not have an IV, blood pressure or anyone even touching my right hand. This holds true for ANYONE who suffers from RSD/CRPS--they can not have anyone touching their affected limbs.  
Are you up for such a "challenge" to design a line of jewelry for suffers of RSD/CRPS? We are a desperate group with a little known affliction and we need a line of jewelry to signify our disease.  
Thank you so very much!!! 
Orange Park, Fl  
Posted @ Thursday, April 26, 2012 8:07 AM by Cynthia
Cynthia, Thank you for commenting and letting us know about RSD/CRPS! For those with difficulty clasping bracelets or anyone with dexterity concerns we always recommend our magnetic clasp for use with our medical ID bracelets. We also appreciate your request to bring more awareness to this condition. Stay tuned for updates!
Posted @ Monday, April 30, 2012 5:36 PM by Jenna White
Katy, I really like Sweet Harbor (B245) it is perfect for everyday wear.
Posted @ Thursday, May 03, 2012 8:26 AM by JoAn
Katy's styles are always so fun and relatable. She makes something for e-v-e-r-y-o-n-e. I love adding her designs to my collection and seeing how her styles grow throughout the years!
Posted @ Monday, May 07, 2012 1:21 PM by Grace
I bought one of your designs for my daughter-she LOVES it!
Posted @ Monday, May 07, 2012 3:23 PM by Tracy
I love your designs.
Posted @ Monday, May 07, 2012 4:03 PM by cherish
Katy! I love how fun all of your new designs are. Perfect for spring and summer.
Posted @ Monday, May 07, 2012 4:42 PM by Marina
Katy, you're designs are always fun and spunky. You do a great job!
Posted @ Monday, May 07, 2012 4:45 PM by Marisa
Love the youthful look to your designs. You help those of us who are older to keep in style.
Posted @ Monday, May 07, 2012 4:50 PM by Cynthia
Love all the fun you put into your designs!
Posted @ Tuesday, May 08, 2012 8:47 AM by Caitlin W
I love your style. You are amazing at mixing colors and love how you combine natural stones with bright seed beads!
Posted @ Wednesday, May 09, 2012 4:06 PM by Ann Kathryn
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