A dream that started when she was just barely out of her tweens, Caroline Farris made sure her dream turned to reality 8 years ago when she launched her own jewelry line, ACF Jewelry in 2008. Always having the desire to design, she couldn't ignore her innate need to create beautiful things from the world around her. Gaining her degree in Art History with a minor in Metals and Jewelry Design and Arts Management from Miami of Ohio, she was ready to put all her trades to good use. Caroline lived in New York City for two years after graduation and worked for a prominent fashion designer, Cynthia Rowley. Although she loved the creative energy NYC emitted, Caroline ultimately missed the pace and quality of life of her home state of Tennessee and decided to move home. She acquired a design patent in 2013 and now makes jewelry in het metals studio in her apartment in downtown Knoxville. Utilizing fine metal components including silver, gold, and even brass, her line features pieces for all ages at all price points. Her motto is "Design. Fabricate. Wear. Repeat." We are so glad she chose to follow her dreams so we can enjoy her gorgeous and unique handmade pieces. Now, let's get to know the brains behind the beauty.
How did you get started in making jewelry? I think all girls go through a jewelry making phase. Mine just never ended and I insisted on continuing to refine my skills. We all started with lanyards and friendship bracelets though!
Describe a moment when your dream was starting to become a reality? When my work was for sale at a boutique in the West Village in NYC and one of the actresses from 'Girls' bought a necklace - I knew I was at least on the map.
What do you feel like sets you and your jewelry apart from others in the industry? Two things - quality and my fabrication process. Being a trained metalsmith, and the fact that most of my pieces are made entirely by hand sets me a part. I also really love using the best quality elements I can source while still maintaining an accessible price point. Nothing I make will ever turn your finger green or change rapidly over time.
What do you like to do when you are not making jewelry? I'm in the all consuming restaurant business. I'm the Front of House manager at Emilia in Market Square.
What inspires you most when designing pieces for ACF? I like the challenge of combining organic components and architectural elements. Many of my pieces feature rough natural stones and clean refined metals.
Check out www.acfjewelry.com for more products, and Instagram @acfjewelry to keep up with Caroline's latest creations. Shop some of Caroline's classic pieces below: