Katey Jenkins and Jill Koelhoffer of KJ Designs got their start right here at the Squash Blossom in Vail! Since then, they’ve developed a fun line of high quality and affordable gemstone jewelry that is effortlessly luxurious.
SB: Was there a turning point in your life that led you to jewelry design?
KJ: When we started designing gemstone jewelry for The Squash Blossom.
SB: What do you consider to be your greatest achievement to date?
KJ: Actually it just happened!!! Vail local, Mikaela Shiffrin wore our earrings on the podium as she received her first Olympic gold medal!
SB: Finish this statement: When I’m not making/designing jewelry, I am…
Katey: Enjoying Colorado to its fullest. I especially enjoy seeing music outside in the summertime!
Jill: Usually doing something active with my family, we spend lots of time on the river in the summers and play in the mountains all year round.
SB: Name 5 things that you could not live without.
Jill: The Beach, the mountains, yoga, Thai food and chocolate!
Katey: I would have to agree with all of the above!
SB: What other career would you pursue if you did not design jewelry?
Katey: I think I would have done something with food, I love it way to much.
Jill: While I love the freedom and creativity that jewelry design allows me…. I am also a Mom of two, a property manager and a yoga teacher.