SoBo Style Hosts Jewelry Designer Hedy Riegle for Trunk Show

Staff Writer
Columbus Monthly

Local jewelry designer Hedy Riegle, 43, is bringing her pieces to Clintonville shop SoBo Style Friday, Sept. 12, for an autumn trunk show.

Stop by from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. to shop her accessories, which include vintage-inspired necklaces, earrings, pillow covers, aprons, totes and more.

We talked with Riegle about how she got her start, her favorite materials to craft with and the necklaces that take her hours to make.

-Taylor Starek, @taylorstarek

How long have you been making jewelry?

I just feel like I've been crafting all my life, so I would guess maybe like eight or nine years ago.

What got you started?

I've always been crafty. I've always been making stuff, even when I was young I was making stuff and taking it to school and selling it to my friends. I had a consignment shop for a while in Grandview, and I thought I was going to be able to make stuff while I was there. I was so busy doing consignment stuff that I couldn't, so once I was done with that I started.

Describe your aesthetic.

It's kind of a mix. My palette is neutral. I'm always just using tans and black and creams-every now and then I'll put a pop of color for the season. Some people have called it steampunk. I use a lot of watch parts and old keys and such. I kind of feel like I don't fit into one category. I've got the religious stuff going on with it, too. It's taken on a bohemian mix.

What inspires you?

I'm on Pinterest quite a bit. I love looking at pictures on there. And just general fashion, I suppose-what's on trend.

Favorite materials to work with?

The watches. I love rosaries and crosses-the religious stuff I really like. And anything that's got keys or numbers or little brass tags, stuff that's kind of rustic. I also have the rhinestones in there too. It's got a little bit of a bling to it but muted down with the brass finishes.

Where do you look to find your materials?

I look everywhere-garage sales, thrift stores.

Any material you've found that you've been really excited about?

The religious stuff I'm always excited about. It's always so detailed and beautiful. I'm really drawn to those depictions of saints. They're just really beautiful to me. I like the symbolism of the religious stuff, but it's more about the beauty.

Favorite piece you've created?

The statement necklaces. I like the ones with multilayers and different finishes. I use the vintage pieces in there. They're all completely different. Sometimes I'll do token necklaces, and they sell well. They're easy pieces to wear, but the statement pieces are really fun because I'm layering and layering.

How long do those take to put together?

It takes me about a couple hours after I get all my stuff out and see what fits together.