In her former life as a film producer, Lee Wiser McIntosh was a stickler for one rule: Never let the costume overshadow the character. Turning her trained eye to jewelry design, she builds upon that same aesthetic, creating subtle, sophisticated jewelry that, quite literally, becomes the person who wears it.
That’s because Lee believes that jewelry should draw its meaning from the woman who wears it, not the other way around. “Your body certainly isn’t there to provide a backdrop for the jewelry,” explains McIntosh. “The woman herself – her style, her personality, her comfort – is what’s important, and jewelry should simply enhance that. Jewelry should never compete for attention.”
In the same way a producer guides a film’s artistry behind the scenes to meld interrelated characters and places into a cohesive whole, Lee’s design coaxes an eloquent performance from the pearls, colored stones, and metals she uses. Her careful selections and unexpected juxtapositions allow each material to develop its own voice while still demanding subtlety and balance.
The result is visually compelling, yet quiet and somewhat mysterious.
Expressive with no excess, each piece is designed to pique the imagination and signal the existence of intriguing possibilities. In the movies as well as in real life, isn’t that what makes a woman interesting?