Lindsey Scoggins fell into the world of jewelry almost by happenstance. For her 21st birthday, her mother had an existing piece of jewelry remade into three individual rings for Lindsey and her sisters—and just like that, a passion for diamonds was born. Around the same time, Scoggins graduated from Texas A&M with a degree in architecture and moved to Dallas in search of jobs in her field, taking a temporary job at Zales because her roommate worked there.
"Most Zales stores don't have a bench jeweler in the back, but this one did and I just fell in love with the process," said Scoggins. Jewelry design had just the mix of creativity and practical concerns that she loved about architecture, just on a much smaller scale.
"You have to know how to design in a way that it will have structural integrity, because it's on someone's hand every day. There are fewer details but some similarities, like the metals and what stones work with what materials."
She quickly advanced on the corporate side, learning merchandising, commodity prices, and traveling extensively to learn about sources and the supply chain, designing custom jewelry—mostly engagement rings—on the side for friends and family, sketching out designs on her iPad. In 2016, after a move to New York and a stint working with designers to license their own jewelry lines, she made the jump to found her own eponymous line in April 2016, focusing on diamond rings.
In it, her architectural background informs her aesthetic, which is more angular and geometric than is typical of fine jewelry. Her "Still" collection transforms simple circular diamond bands into an octagonal shape, which feels fresher and more modern than a typical diamond ring. Her other lines feature rows that intersect and connect at sharp angles—there's no circles or soft lines here—and uses them to create unique stories.
For example the 'Chance' collection, her first, was inspired by an engagement ring she designed for a couple who had been set up multiple times by mutual friends, but never actually met until a chance encounter over brunch.
"That's a very romantic way to meet, and I think that probably happens more often than we realize these days," says Scoggins. "For my clients I want the piece to tell a story and have an emotional connection."
Her favorite collection, Time, has a similar sentiment, but focuses on a segment of the jewelry market that has been underserved—those looking for something special for an anniversary or a milestone birthday.
"I discovered there's a huge, untapped market for anniversary rings. A lot of people redo their engagement ring at the 10th anniversary: they want an update on style or to celebrate all they've done, or to upgrade their wedding set. A lot of them wanted something special to wear on their right hand," says Scoggins.
The Time collection was designed to fit this need in an ingenious way—bands are interchangeable and can be fitted together to create different Roman numerals—X for 10, V for 5, etc.—to mark specific dates or anniversaries.
Currently the Lindsey Scoggins collection is only available online, but her current focus is bringing the collection to high-end jewelry stores in Texas, where many of her clients live.
"I've always loved very bold and angular designs, and this is my opportunity to put my aesthetic on it," she says. "I make things that you can wear every day, but with special twist."