To most young women, “vintage” means your grandmother’s old jewelry box or a worn out pair of Levi’s. To jewelry designer Jill Alberts, it has always represented a fashionable lifestyle and a world of creative possibilities. “Everything old is new again,” says Alberts, “if you know how to make it work in your world.” With a successful company under her belt, she decidedly knows how to make it work by designing modern day jewelry from pieces dating back from the elegant 1800’s and the decadent art deco era through the fabulous ‘50’s and ‘60’s up to the glam ‘80’s.
Jill has been designing jewelry professionally for over ten years and formed Jill Alberts Ltd. in 2003 (www.jillalberts.com). The inspiration came from Jill’s love of fashion and her personal design aesthetics. This former visiting professor of American Politics at DePaul University in Chicago has turned a hobby that had its genesis around her dining room table into a successful company selling jewelry to retailers around the world.
Domestically Jill Alberts’ designs have been found at Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Barneys New York, Henri Bendel, and numerous boutique and specialty stores throughout the country. Internationally Jill sells in Europe, Russia, and the Middle East. Jill has been honored by Gen Art as a Fresh Face in Fashion in 2005. She was also honored by Fashion Group International as a Rising Star in 2008.
Jill’s dream of opening her own retail jewelry shop became a reality in March 2008. Jill designs and sells from her studio and storefront located at 469 Roger Williams in Highland Park, Illinois.
Jill’s designs have been featured on the covers and in the pages of most of the major fashion magazines in this country, including Vogue, In-Style, Harpers Bazaar, Elle, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, US, People, In-Touch, W, and Lucky. She has been featured in many trade publications, as well as other national media. Her jewelry has also been featured in movies and television, shows including Will and Grace, Sex and the City, and the Today Show, to name a few…
Celebrities such as Britney Spears (Musical Entertainer), Carmen Electra (Actress/Entertainer), Deborah Messing (Actress – “Will and Grace”), Glen Close (Academy Award Winning Actress), Halle Berry (Academy Award Winning Actress), Hillary Duff (Singer/Actress), Kate Bosworth (Actress – Superman), Kirsten Dunst (Actress – Spiderman), Mena Suvari (Actress – American Beauty), Sarah Jessica Parker (Actress –“Sex and the City”) and Sarah Evans (Country music singer/TV-“Dancing with the Stars”) have recently been photographed wearing Alberts’ jewelry.