FOXYCAT Jewelry: Designer Spotlight

Why We ♥ FOXYCAT Jewelry

Turquoise and Handmade are two qualities in jewelry that I have a hard time resisting. There is something so special about handmade, one of a kind jewelry. You are truely taking home a piece of the artist. And Turquoise.. I mean what’s not to love? Turquoise is a timeless gem that is believed to bring protection, healing, courage, friendship, and luck. So, as you would image, I fell head over heels the first time I saw FOXYCAT at Swirl Boutique. Not to mention Erin, the designer, is a doll!! Quality is key in all FOXYCAT pieces which is why Erin uses American-mined turquoise and will travel to Arizona to purchase stones from reputable lapidary artists. If you love FOXYCAT as much as I do, make sure you keep reading to learn more, and where to shop!!

“In a world of mass production, it is my goal to create jewelry that is made by hand and made to last.” –Erin Ballard

handmade turquoise and silver jewelry by foxycat

How long have you been designing/making jewelry and at what point did you decide to make it your career?

I always knew I needed a career with constant creativity, which is why I began my journey in cosmetology. After a year of working in a salon, I was unhappy and knew I needed to make a change.  At this crossroads in my career path, I decided to take a metalsmithing class. It wasn’t long until I traded in my hairbrushes and blowdryer for a torch and hammers. I poured my all into soldering and setting stones from my home studio in San Clemente, Ca. I’ll never forget the feeling the first time I sawed a design out of a sheet of brass. It was one of those, “YES! I want to do this forever” moments. Changing a career path is scary, but I’m so thankful I did.

handmade local jewelry by foxycatWhat is the inspirations behind your designs?/What inspired your most recent collection?

I am forever inspired by Native American jewelry. My grandma passed down most of her Navajo jewelry collection to me, and my appreciation continues to grow. It’s timeless, beautiful, and completely unique- all things I strive to achieve with my jewelry.

handmade local jewelry by foxycat

How did you decide on FOXYCAT as the name of the Brand?

Rolls off the tongue doesn’t it? I guess when you mix a kitty enthusiast with a love for 60’s/70’s music and culture, a Foxycat is born.

foxycat

How would you describe your personal style?

Nothing makes me happier than jeans, a t-shirt, and the right pair of boots. I love combining simplistic, classic looks with bold jewelry. I’m a big believer that any style should be functional but fun. Throw a black leather jacket in there and I’m in heaven.

foxycat collab with lovestrength

What FOXYCAT piece do you find yourself wearing the most?

I’m usually head to toe silver and turquoise, but I can’t leave the house without one of my Pony Boy rings- sterling silver horseshoe ring set with a unique piece of turquoise. It’s my go-to, good luck, everyday ring.

q_0150_1What’s next for FOXYCAT?

As an artist, I’m constantly trying to challenge myself. I put my heart into creating one of a kind, quality pieces, whether it’s a new collection or custom order. My goal for this year is to expand FOXYCAT into more local stores. I am excited to see what the foxy future holds!

Snag a piece of FOXYCAT for yourself! Available at Swirl Boutique (both locations) & Blue Eyed Girl in Ocean Ranch! OR, Visit shopfoxycat.com to order a custom piece!
All photos provided by Foxycat // Photos of Official Quigley by Michelle Mell Photography in a collaboration with Lovestrength & Swirl Boutique

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