As a local native to the Bay Area, it’s a luxury living just 30 minutes away from beautiful San Fran. Up here, there’s a certain lifestyle that can be found nowhere else. We’re artistic, opinionated, diverse, and we’re all about expressing ourselves as unique individuals. The scene out here is, well, one-of-a kind and awesome! One local artist who adds to that awesome-ness is Peggy Li, a well-known jewelry designer whose work has been seen on popular TV shows like Private Practice and the movie Superbad.
Who is Peggy Li? She’s Tawainese American, a golfaholic, and a major foodie. She has a collection of Balenciaga bags, and is in love with fashion! Not to mention that she’s the designer of her own jewelry line, Peggy Li Jewelry. Of course, Peggy’s got a sweet life! Knowing I was going to meet her, I was nervous. Sitting at the table at Neiman Marcus’s Fresh Market Café, I spotted her by the hostess and flashed a smile. She was very cool and outgoing — it was like having lunch with a girlfriend!
A fan of jewelry labels like Ten Thousand Things, Melissa Joy Manning, and Pamela Love, Peggy got into jewelry design for fun. “I like expensive jewelry, but couldn’t afford them, so I started making my own,” said Peggy. “I’ve always been a crafty person. It was more a hobby for me. … I would wear it everywhere, and I would get compliments all the time.” After creating some designs for friends, demand for Peggy’s jewelry began spreading like wildfire through word of mouth.
Beautiful and timeless (and super affordable!), her jewelry is made for the classic and simple style in each girl’s wardrobe. She loves to use sterling silver, semi-precious stones, charms and vintage finds. “I like to make jewelry that accents the outfit. I make jewelry that women can wear anywhere and anytime,” says Peggy.
Peggy Li Jewelry has been seen on the television shows like Private Practice, Buffy, and the hilarious movie Superbad. “I lived in Los Angeles for a while after I graduated from Berkeley,” she says. “I’ve met great people who were able to give me the once in a lifetime chance to have my jewelry featured on major television shows.”
Having turned something that started out as just a hobby into a creative career that she loves, Peggy couldn’t be any happier. “I have this degree from [UC] Berkeley for totally something different,” she says. “But I love where I am now! I get to make things that I like for all of my customers!”
You can shop her collection now at peggyli.com. As for Peggy’s upcoming fall/winter collection, here’s an exclusive sneak peek: