“What inspires me is the quest for dramatic colors, interesting textures, and unique materials that blend into wearable artwork. I always start with one focal point - a fabulous carved flower, a one of a kind gemstone or mineral, and take off from there.”
I create one of a kind and limited edition contemporary jewelry for the woman who wants to make a unique statement at work and in her personal life. My collection features unexpected combinations of raw and polished gemstones, opulent pearls, precious metals, custom clasps, and exotic minerals from the world's treasure troves.
Each piece is designed to flatter the skin and enhance the style of your ensemble. My goal is to give you something beautiful to wear, something that makes you look and feel your best in every situation. I’m thrilled when people who wear my designs get compliments and feel great about themselves. That’s the best reward of all.
My mother was a millinery buyer at Bloomingdale's in the days when no fashionable woman would be seen without a hat, even on a trip to the Post Office. Our home was filled with brightly colored ribbons, flowers, pins, felt shapes and all the fixings for elaborate bonnets. Early on I discovered I had a flair for combining forms, textures, and colors. I was lucky to grow up in New York City with a world of wonderful museums to “live in.” My special hangout was the amazing Museum of Natural History where I got my love of rare natural treasures. When I started traveling, I collected unusual objects, vintage jewelry, stones and shells that I now use in my designs.
My standards are very high. I’m always looking for the finest quality pieces at the best price, so I can pass the savings on to you. I sell directly to my clients through stylists and image consultants, at special shows, and on my website. If you love extravagant jewelry at affordable prices, Bess Heitner Designs are perfect for you. Each and every piece is handmade one at a time in my New York Studio.
After getting an MA from the University of California (Berkeley) in English and Art, I taught in Japan and at the New School for Social Research in New York. For many years I worked with my husband, a Japanese TV producer, and created costumes for several feature films. I share my knowledge of gemstones and style on my own blog as well as numerous guest blogs. I’m a member of the Association of Image Consultants International (AICI) and Fashion Group International (FGI) where I was nominated for a rising star award.