'I began at a young age collecting and sketching natural elements found along the seashores in Connecticut where I grew up. During my formal training in fine arts at the Maryland Institute College of Art and The Art Institute of Chicago I discovered my passion for sculpture and working with precious metals. I continued studying in Europe and while traveling in Copenhagen I participated in a workshop at Georg Jensen's studio. Later while studying in Italy I was taught by master goldsmiths. These experiences confirmed for me that making jewelry would be my life-long love.
Remote destinations off the beaten path are where I find inspiration for new collections. When I submerse myself in the culture and natural beauty of an exceptional place --whether it be traveling to otherworldly Iceland or discovering a hidden beach on the Côte d'Azur to being mesmerized by teeny golden treasures in a secluded wing at The MET-- I return to my studio budding with ideas. Once these ideas take form, colorful gems and pearls bring them to life.'
From Kimberlin's recent work, a ring titled 'Iceland' was juried into the permanent collection of New York's The Museum of Arts and Design, while her sea inspired pieces help bring awareness to coral conservation--a cause important to her.
Kimberlin's ethos is creation without destruction. She takes great strides in creating responsibly with beautiful natural resources. She uses Fairmined gold and is a founding member of the Gold Collective, partnering with clean mining practices in Alaska. Working directly with gem mines and gem purveyors assures her stones are ethical, conflict-free and exceptional in quality and color -- color as varied as a coral reef including diamonds, the spectrum of sapphires,emeralds, rubies, opals, labradorite, rainbow moonstones, imperial topaz, rutile quartz, tourmaline, rubellite and Sleeping Beauty turquoise. She custom cuts many of her stones to capture light enhancing their natural beauty. Tahitian and Japanese pearls in aubergine, gold and peacock hues are also favorite iridescent centerpieces that need no altering at all.
Featured at fine jewelry stores, boutiques and galleries, her feminine, exotic pieces have garnered a coterie of private clients including Adele, Helena Christensen, Bette Midler, Whoopi Goldberg, Katie Lee and Rachel Ray. Highlights have been working with Zac Posen to create cocktails rings for his 2009 runway show in NYC; making over 30 pieces of jewelry with iconic artist George Lois for his wife Rosie; and creating a ring for renowned designer Karim Rashid using stones in his favorite color-- pink. It was an honor for her to make these pieces as it is an honor and privilege making all of her jewelry that brings happiness to the wearer. She creates timeless treasures and future heirlooms, responsibly and thoughtfully from her studio in New York City.