Alson Chats with Guy Bedarida of John Hardy

guybedarida1 | Alson JewelersGuy Bedarida is Creative Director and Head Designer of John Hardy.  Guy’s designs in precious metals and stones have made John Hardy a recognizable name worldwide.  Men and women alike love his fabulous designs.  Read on and learn more about Guy’s passion for jewelry and his commitment to the environment.

Where are you from?  I am half french and Italian, from Paris and Florence.

How did you get started designing jewelry?  It has always been my passion.

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When did you join John Hardy?  In 1999

Tell us about the “Greener Everyday” and “Wear Bamboo, Plant Bamboo” programs.  In 2006, John Hardy created “Wear Bamboo, Plant Bamboo“, a program that uses proceeds from the purchase of the Bamboo Collection to plant bamboo seedlings in Bali.

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What inspires your designs?  The surrounding nature of Bali and experiencing ancient cultures during my travels around the world, such as Japan, Peru, etc.

What was the first collection you designed for John Hardy?  The first collection was “Kali”.

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What piece of jewelry do you wear everyday?  My Men’s Naga Bracelet.

What has been the best advice you have received?  To accept the John Hardy Bali offer in 1999.

What advice would you give to up and coming jewelry designers?  Follow your design passion.

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What do you do in your spare time?  Traveling and traveling!

Favorite vacation spot?  Cant say, I have too many!  (Thailand, India, Italy, Miami, Brazil etc...)

Favorite restaurant?  Le Voltaire in Paris.

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What book are you reading right now?  Unfortunately, I have no time to read.

Personal Motto?  “Carpe Diem”.

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