Hi! I’m Whitney and I’m BEYOND excited to join the Metalmark Fine Jewelry team in Carmel, IN. Mary and Samantha are doing so many great things and I’m really excited to get involved. Indianapolis really doesn’t have a store like this and I think there’s a huge opportunity here. We want to make jewelry shopping a whole new experience. We want it to be laid back and inviting, but most importantly, help you find really beautiful unique pieces.
Q&A WITH WHITNEY WILLHITE
WHAT DOES JEWELRY MEAN TO YOU?
I think jewelry is the best expression of art. It’s something that can truly be passed from generation to generation, with great meaning. With each piece of jewelry comes a great story. Finding cool vintage pieces is kind of like finding treasure. It's the same feeling when you find that unique piece that really speaks to you.
HOW DID YOU GET INTO THIS FIELD?
I started as an intern at G. Thrapp Jewelers during my undergraduate years at Butler University. That's where I crossed paths with Mary and Samantha. I fell in love with the business. I’ve been lucky enough to learn from some of the most knowledgeable people in the industry and their passion has definitely worn off on me.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART OF YOUR JOB?
I love custom designing a piece for a client and seeing how excited they are when it’s completed. Jewelry is very personal, and it’s really awesome to be apart of the process to help people create something they love — especially when they’re not really sure what they’re after at first.
WHAT ARE YOU MOST LOOKING FORWARD TO ABOUT OPENING A NEW CARMEL LOCATION?
Indianapolis doesn’t have a store like this. It’s a totally new retail experience. We want you to feel like you can come in and hang out with us on your way to get ice cream across the street. Our owners are passionate about bringing in up-and-coming designers with really unique designs.
WHAT IS YOUR CURRENT FAVORITE PIECE AT THE STORE?
I really love all of our pieces by Todd Pownell. I love the inverted diamonds and fancy shapes; they take a simple concept and making it totally unique and wearable. I also love all of the stacking rings by Metalmark Fine Jewelry owner, Samantha Louise. It’s really fun to mix different rings to create different looks.
WHO/WHAT INSPIRES YOU?
My family has been a great inspiration in my career. My mom has a way of making me look at things with a different perspective and always keeps me positive and optimistic. My dad is the guy that pushes me outside of my comfort zone. My grandma has always taught me to be comfortable in my own style. If you want to wear 15 pieces of jewelry at a time, then wear it because it makes you feel confident and happy.
I’m also really passionate about fashion. Accessorizing makes an outfit your own. Jewelry really does give you a unique opportunity of self-expression.