MEND is a line of jewelry handmade in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The collection celebrates flourishing within the challenges faced in life by turning the act of repairmen into healing. Through the marriage of spirituality and natural, precious gemstones, the brand brings sentiment around one’s neck. This gorgeously crafted collection fusing contemporary design with healing elements is the latest addition to the roster of MN Made products at our flagship store and will be debuting on Saturday, April 21st. We talked to founder and designer Jordyn DiOrio about MEND and also got to know a thing or two about this incredibly talented woman.
russell+hazel: How did MEND Jewelry start?
Jordyn DiOrio: MEND started as a creative brainstorm via text message with my sister back in December as a I laid deathly sick on New Years Eve in Duluth. One month later, created, branded, built and launched. I don’t know how I did it, but I knew I wanted to see what direction the brand and designs would g
r+h: For those who are not familiar with Mend Jewelry can you describe your aesthetic?
JO: MEND’s aesthetic aims to be sophisticated balanced with a little bit of edge. This is achieved through the delicate gold chains paired with the sharpness of the gemstones and hand pendant.
r+h: Where did you learn how to design and produce your jewelry?
JO: I am self taught. I started tinkering with hand-me- down tools about 3-4 years ago during college.
r+h: What’s your favorite piece and why?
JO: I am an advocate for layering pieces and I currently love wearing the rosary style in quartz paired with a short rose quartz. The rosary design is simple, yet different than a standard necklace. The stones also embody balance and love, which I try to achieve daily.
r+h: Can you tell us a random fact about yourself?
JO: I am one of seven siblings, all from in Chicago, and also very Italian.
r+h: Why partner with the russell+hazel flagship store?
JO: I’ve always been a fan of russell+hazel , as I am agenda & paper product fanatic. I love that their storefront acts like a studio to showcase high-quality products and designs. MEND is thrilled to be a part of russell+hazel’s flagship store as it matches well with the brand’s goal of high-quality and classic design.
r+h: What inspires you?
JO: Especially in the realm of jewelry design, I have found inspiration from the women I’ve grown up around. I’ve had grandmothers who decorated themselves with rings, & necklaces, to my baby nieces who wear layers of pearls as dress-up for fun. I love the concept of wearing items with significance; they can be a reminder of where we are at in our lives, represent those who we want to embody or just acknowledge how far we’ve come.
PLEASE JOIN US SATURDAY, APRIL 21ST FROM 10-4 FOR THE DEBUT OF MEND JEWELRY AT OUR FLAGSHIP STORE.