Liz Legg knew she wanted to be a jewelry designer at age 19, when she began buying broken pieces at Scott Antique Markets in Atlanta and updating them. After studying at the Gemological Institute of America and working with designer Stephen Dweck, Legg returned to her native Birmingham, Alabama, to create her own jewelry, which has since become a staple in the closets of discriminating women all over the South. We love the way her designs feel at once classically beautiful and surprisingly contemporary, informed by art, architecture, and the natural world.
Asked why she was drawn to jewelry rather than another medium, Legg quotes from a card she tucks into every client’s package: “Jewelry speaks where words fail. It becomes a precious sign of those things in life too ephemeral to tie down. It is a symbol of love, a mark of beauty, a token of worth, a reminder of family, an emblem of heritage, a piece of personality.”
Liz Legg Jewelry
Fondest Christmas memory: I remember getting our first computer from Santa when I was really young. It was a Microsoft computer and especially massive by today’s standards. Santa had the digital encyclopedia open, and it was a video of a lion roaring loudly. This was my first exposure to the technology boom, and, as a child, I was in awe. I thought the computer was some type of magic.
Holiday playlist: “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” by Handsome and Gretyl; “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” by Michael Bublé; “What Christmas Means to Me” by Stevie Wonder; and my guilty pleasure: “All I Want for Christmas Is You” by Mariah Carey
By Amanda Smith Fowler