Charms, pendants, medallions, coins ... Jamie Singer has always preferred vintage treasures to things new and shiny. In middle school, for instance, she asked her mother for an antique bed, though her siblings only wanted brand-new furniture.
“I have a mother who has a passion for history and antiques like I do and a father who’s an amazing businessman,” says Singer. “They both encouraged me to grow my passion. They’ve been an integral part in my education process and exposing me to different parts of the world.”
Now, the Dallas native is sharing her passion with the masses by launching Crown Control, named for her parents’ initials, CC, and her own affinity for crowns.
“A modern-vintage line of custom-made jewelry,” pieces are handpicked from around the world and reimagined with a modern twist. An ever-growing treasure trove, the online shop features everything from art deco lockets to cameos from the 1800s, strung on vintage rosary chains.
Singer sources from around the globe. After earning her master's degree in art history from Southern Methodist University, she traveled the world, honing her eye for found treasures and making connections from Chicago to London, where she spent a summer at Sotheby’s Institute of Art.
“Through my travels, I’ve not only gained connections but an eye for what’s currently in style,” she says.
And her aesthetic resonates. Over the years, Singer’s built an impressive collection of antique finds, wearing and changing up pieces to add a modern edge. She was wearing layered, custom-made necklaces from her personal archive to a party when her friends took notice and urged her to set up shop.
“By the end of the night, each friend had claimed one of the necklaces for her collection,” she says. “They said, ‘You should really put these on Instagram.’ The rest, as they say, is history.”
Crown Control jewelry is available on crown-control.com.