I can’t remember ever being bored. My parents and grandparents instilled a love of learning and creativity as foundational to a good life. Their passion for nature, gardening and sewing immersed me in excited conversations and problem solving around the art of designs that catch the mind’s eye through layering textures, selection of color to evoke emotions, and color echoing to create experiences of movement and coherence.
My mother, a second-generation master seamstress, sewed couture designs with fine fabrics. She taught me. We lived in the Southern United States when the south was an international hub of fabric production. By traveling back roads, often going directly to factories, we scored fabulous finds. These excursions taught me the joys of the hunt, for the finest weaves and natural fibers and now gems
My life changed in college. I took a sociology class from a professor who both researched the civil rights movement and mentored key leaders, teaching them confrontational tactics and problem-solving tools. My professor became my mentor, teaching me how to help people in conflict. Even after 50 years, I love this calling and attribute my ability to focus, listen and observe details, plan effective strategy, and staying steady in the face of setbacks as critical to the success of White Orchid Studio.
Designing jewelry consolidates my skills and passions. When Gini saw my design aesthetic, an “out of the box” approach using gems in complex, repeat patterns to echo couture fabrics and the colors of nature, she suggested we commission signature findings. We started with a signature clasp. Next, we designed spacers and bead caps. Our designs also reflect our white orchid motif. Did you know that vanilla is a white orchid? You see the bean pod in one of our clasps. The bean shape and texture can be found in our pendant baskets, bails, and rondelles. Every White Orchid Studio design intentionally celebrates nature and the world of couture design.
Gini Addington, a 3rd generation jeweler, loves creative dirty-hands work: polishing, stringing, designing, and perfecting.
In addition to working every aspect of her family’s business, Gini apprenticed under a jeweler to the king’s court in Austria. She also mastered every course offered by the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) in gemology, jewelry insurance appraisal, and forensic gemology.
Gini is living her dream of applying her knowledge, skill, and experience in a creative, peaceful atmosphere. She partnered with Peggy to develop White Orchid Studio. Gini and Peggy share a vision of bringing extraordinary jewelry designs to life, designs that celebrate natural, yet complex elements of beautiful gems and precious metals.