Today, I’m sharing an little Q & A with Nicola Bathie McLaughlin of Nicole Bathie Jewelry. I recently discovered her on Instagram, and love the fun and feminine earring designs that she sells on her online shop. Nicola creates her unique earrings from finds she makes on her travels around the globe, and her designs can be seen on influencers and delighted customers alike on Instagram and on various forms of social media.
Nicola Bathie McLaughlin was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. She has lived in England, Ann Arbor, Michigan & grew up in San Antonio, Texas. Nicola graduated from Texas Christian University in 2013, majoring in Interior Design. Her beads come from a multitude of places she has traveled to such as, Florence, South Africa, London, Dubai, Canada, France, & all around the USA. Her jewelry designs are inspired by her various travels around the world as well as her young and energetic spirit. Her pieces have the perfect balance of timelessness and uniqueness.
When did you first become interested in creating jewelry?
When I was in college, I wanted a necklace similar to one I saw on Pinterest before online shopping was a thing, so I made it and one thing led to the next.
You source your beads from places you’ve traveled to (ie Florence, South Africa, London, Dubai, France etc) Is there a place you’ve traveled to where you’ve made a particularly amazing find?
Florence has a bead show that is so beautiful.
The International Handicrafts Trade Fair – Florence April 24th – May 1st 2019
What inspires your pieces?
Color and texture pairing!
How would you describe the style of your pieces?
Unique pieces of art for your ears.
Do you have a favorite piece that you’ve created?
Of late, my favorite pair is the mother of pearl + pear flower.
How does it feel to see customers share pictures of how they’ve styled your pieces on Instagram?
It is the most fun! I always thing when you share a photo on instagram it means you feel good about it and it makes you excited.
What is the most ornate piece that you’ve ever created?
The bridesmaids earrings for my wedding!
Do you plan out your pieces in advance, or just create as you go?
Some I do and most I don’t!