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Getting to Know Fine Jewelry Designer Savannah Friedkin

The Texas-born designer offers sustainable, elevated pieces with a beautiful underlying message

Savannah Friedkin, Founder of Savannah Friedkin, a fine jewelry collection
Savannah Friedkin, Founder of Savannah Friedkin (photo by Steve Lawton)

Inspired by the journeys of the most important women in her life, Savannah Friedkin looks to merge the beauty of life’s challenges with her passion for conservation and protecting the environment. It’s here that Friedkin finds where her purpose and passion meet to form her legacy: Savannah Friedkin

“My collections are inspired by my journey, as well as how other women overcome challenges and the strength we show through vulnerability,” said Friedkin. “This has led to the inspiration behind two of my collections – the Broken Collection and the Emergence Collection.

Friedkin always knew she wanted to be an entrepreneur in the fashion and fine jewelry industry, but she wanted to ensure that whatever venture she started aligned with her values. As she began researching carbon neutral lab-grown diamonds, she knew she had found her answer. The traceability and transparency around their production, along with their minimal impact on the environment, was an immediate fit.  This compelled Friedkin to dive deeper into this outlet that allowed her to express a simultaneous love for design and the planet.

“The entire line is entrenched in mindfulness,” said Friedkin. “There was just this voice in my head that never went away that said I belonged in this space, that I needed to work in this space.”

Savannah Friedkin Fine Jewelry Collection Model Campaign
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Savannah Friedkin Fine Jewelry Collection (photo by Jeremy Choh)

Savannah Friedkin Fine Jewelry Collection Model Campaign
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Savannah Friedkin Fine Jewelry Collection (photo by Jeremy Choh)

Savannah Friedkin Fine Jewelry Collection Model Campaign
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Savannah Friedkin Fine Jewelry Collection (photo by Jeremy Choh)

Savannah Friedkin Fine Jewelry Collection Model Campaign
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Savannah Friedkin Fine Jewelry Collection (photo by Jeremy Choh)

Savannah Friedkin Fine Jewelry Collection Model Campaign
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Savannah Friedkin Fine Jewelry Collection (photo by Jeremy Choh)

Pairing her business school background with her passion for conservation, she started her eponymous jewelry line: Savannah Friedkin.

“The ultimate goal with my brand is to create a dialogue about how we produce and wear jewelry because that reflects how we think about ourselves,” said Friedkin. “This dialogue has been happening in the apparel industry for years, so I wanted to spark something similar in the jewelry space around production and sourcing.”

All of Friedkin’s pieces are made from 100% certified recycled precious metals and climate neutral lab-grown diamonds, minimizing  the impact on the environment. Friedkin and team personally visit their partners and manufacturers to witness and audit their practices. Her goal is to ensure these partners use renewable energy sources, provide fair labor practices, and ethically handle all aspects of the manufacturing process. 

Savannah Friedkin Fine Jewelry Bangles from the Broken Collection
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Savannah Friedkin Broken Wide Cuff Bracelet with Diamonds and More Bangles from the Broken Collection (photo by Sarah Shen)

Savannah Friedkin Fine Jewelry Earrings from the Emergence Collection
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Savannah Friedkin Emergence Large Hoops with Diamonds and Emergence Huggie Hoops with Diamonds from the Emergence Collection (photo by Sarah Shen)

Savannah Friedkin Fine Jewelry Neckalce from the Broken Collection
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Savannah Friedkin Broken East/West Pendant with Diamonds from the Broken Collection (photo by Sarah Shen)

Savannah Friedkin Fine Jewelry Lariat Neckalce from the Broken Collection
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Savannah Friedkin Lariat Neckalce from the Broken Collection (photo by Sarah Shen)

Savannah Friedkin Fine Jewelry Broken Wide Band Ring From the Broken Collection
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Savannah Friedkin Broken Wide Band Ring From the Broken Collection (photo by Sarah Shen)

As for the handcrafted jewelry, Friedkin says her pieces are perfect for everyday or special occasion accessorizing. The three collections are inspired by women and their unique journeys, marked by life’s highs and lows.

Savannah Friedkin Fine Jewelry Bangles from the Broken Collection
Savannah Friedkin Broken Wide Cuff Bracelet with Diamonds and More Bangles from the Broken Collection (photo by Sarah Shen)

The Broken Collection features 19 styles. Through this Collection, Friedkin hopes to change the perception of brokenness, with a motif that exemplifies the beautifully broken characteristics that define us as individuals.

Savannah Friedkin Fine Jewelry Earrings from the Emergence Collection
Savannah Friedkin Emergence Large Hoops with Diamonds and Emergence Huggie Hoops with Diamonds from the Emergence Collection (photo by Sarah Shen)

The Emergence Collection includes five styles. It’s inspired by the idea that we emerge from challenges stronger than ever before.

“When designing the Emergence Collection, I was inspired by the way plants grow on the sides of buildings, in cracks of sidewalks and other unexpected places,” said Friedkin. “You can thrive anywhere, and you will emerge more beautiful and vibrant than ever.”

Savannah Friedkin Fine Jewelry SAV Pendant on Chain and Other Necklaces From the SAV Collection
Savannah Friedkin SAV Pendant on Chain and Other Necklaces From the SAV Collection (photo by Sarah Shen)

The third collection is The SAV Collection, which features five styles and focuses on the charm of simplicity and captures the ethos of Friedkin’s brand. She predicts adding to these three collections as the backbone of her brand in the future, rather than launching new ones.

From Broken to Emergence to SAV, Savannah Friedkin offers jewelry to fit every style and occasion.

For more information, head to www.savannahfriedkin.com and follow on Instagram @savfriedkin