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Five for Friday: Chicago Gem Queen Jeanette Park

Five for Friday: Chicago Gem Queen Jeanette Park
Five questions with Chicago jewelry artist Jeanette Park, designer and owner of Park/Ford. Her designs are designed for the woman who believes every day deserves a bit of beauty, and are sell-out stars in A+T's jewelry cases.

1. Where do you find design inspiration? 
JP: Everywhere, sometimes it’s the smallest thing that sparks an idea! But most often I get inspired by architecture and fashion. 
2. What is some professional advice that helped you navigate your career
JP: Never give up. It’s hard to keep pushing ahead without knowing if success is in your future. But giving up is a sure way to failure. 

3. What advice would you give someone who wants to get into your profession?
Get out and meet people in the industry through associations, networking events, and seminars etc. It’s the best way to gain perspective, get advice and feedback, and sometimes make great new friends! 
4. What is your personal motto?
JP: Gratitude is the key to happiness.

5.  Do you have a favorite piece of jewelry?
JP: The Amethyst Oval Cocktail ring – I made this for my Grandmother for her birthday. She loves big, bold and colorful jewelry. At 90 this year she is still stylish and enjoying life to the fullest. I can only hope to be like her when I’m her age! 
Many thanks to the fabulous Jeanette for finding the time to chat with us!  Love her work as much as we do? Check her out on our website or in-store

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