2 Angels Jewelry is a Nashville, TN based business started with love in 2009 by two sisters, Joanna Carter and Julia Carter Hansen. Joanna and Julia have always been trendsetters. As artists and designers, everyone has always admired their style and design flare. So, it was only natural that they would begin to design jewelry that everyone would love to wear. The inspiration for 2 Angels Jewelry was born from Joanna's angel painting that she had painted for her friends and family over the years. A friend made a suggestion to Joanna that she should make her art into jewelry and this sparked the idea for the 2 Angels Jewelry line. The inscription "An Angel To Watch Over You" is engraved on the back of all of her paintings and that same saying can be found on the back of their very first jewelry piece designed from Joanna's original piece of art. Julia soon followed suit with her own original designs and together they make an incredible creative team. The thoughtfulness and love that is put forth into their jewelry designs is apparent and their hope is that it will bring positive energy, luck and love to all who wear them.
Many celebrities from Carly Simon, Lady Antebellum, Jason Aldean to Cindy Crawford can be found wearing 2 Angels.
2 Angels Jewelry gives back a portion of all sales to breast cancer research by contributing to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation.
HOW LONG HAVE THE 2 ANGELS BEEN DESIGNING?
Julia: We have been designing all of our lives but for 2 Angels since we launched in 2009. Together, we are both creative with backgrounds in art and interior design.
WHAT WAS THE INSPIRATION FOR THE FIRST DESIGN,"THE" ANGEL?
Joanna: I needed a large painting for my office years ago (I am VP of Creative Services at Capitol Records Nashville) so I bought a large canvas and just started painting. In about 20 minutes I had painted an angel that was really messy and had a certain spirit to it. Once hung in my office I got so many positive responses to the painting that people wanted me to paint one for them. I never could replicate that angel but I was able to paint a variation of that angel that people loved too. After many years of painting angels for friends and colleagues, I was working on a music video with a new female artist on Capitol, Emily West, and she saw a necklace that I was wearing and asked if that was my angel. It wasn’t, but it became a spark of an idea that made me think "wouldn’t that be cool to do". I started researching how to do a casting of my art and found a company that was able to do it perfectly. I then decided to paint an angel just for the jewelry so that it would have a special energy to it. When I got the first silver casting of the angel it was so rewarding and exciting. Julia then followed with her own designs.
WHAT ARE SOME OF THE MESSAGES ON THE 2 ANGELS CHARMS?
Julia: All of our charms have a message with a positive vibe either on the front or the back of the charms. Some are inscribed in English and some in French. Joanna’s actual handwriting is on the back of the cross that reads, "BELIEVE", the heart that says "LOVE and "angel to watch over you" that can be found on the original angel and the wings/halo charms. We are proud that each design is a piece of art we can share with the world.
WHO ARE SOME OF THE CELEBRITIES WEARING 2 ANGELS?
Joanna: I am lucky to have developed great relationships through the years from my job that I have had at Capitol Records Nashville. Being the VP of Creative Services I work with stylists, makeup artists, boutiques, etc. When we launched 2 Angels jewelry I got such a positive response and support from these relationships. A few local boutiques in both Nashville and LA started carrying the line and various people that I didn’t even know started buying the designs for their friends. One friend knew Kara Dioguardi and bought a silver angel for her. Another good friend has been the makeup and hair stylist for Cindy Crawford and bought her a French scroll for her birthday. Stylists have purchased designs for various artists too, including Darius Rucker, Brad Paisley. I also got the support from some of the artists that I worked with. Karen Fairchild Westbrook and Kimberly Schlapman both own pieces as well as Hillary Scott and Charles Kelley from Lady Antebellum. I even fulfilled a special request for Charles Kelley to design an eagle that he frequently wears and loves.
HOW DID YOU ALL DECIDE TO GIVE BACK A PORTION OF YOUR SALES TO BREAST CANCER?
Julia: Joanna and I both have way too many friends dear to us who have suffered from breast cancer. Many of them have survived but all of them have told us stories about how their charms helped them through their chemo or helped them stay strong. We both decided that this was something that we wanted to do for all of those friends that we thank God every day are still with us. I told Joanna that I thought we should do something special not only for Breast Cancer awareness month but also donating a portion of our sales throughout the year to Susan G. Komen For the Cure Foundation. We also decided to design a limited edition breast cancer wings/halo charm with a pink gemstone in the center of the halo on the charm. It says "An angel to watch over you" on the back of the charm. We hope all those who wear this will do so with love and strength to either fight the disease or celebrate their survival!
WHAT INSPIRES YOUR DESIGNS?
Joanna: I designed the angel to give people something that they could wear to feel protected and loved. All of our original designs contain a positive message of love, luck or hope.
Julia: They all have a positive message and we like to think that each piece is like sending someone a private personal message. They are all little works of art that are meant to be collected, given as gifts, and mixed and matched. When I designed the French Scroll it just seemed romantic because it is written in French but also inspiring to have three different messages to choose from…"Be True to Yourself", "Bloom Where You are Planted" and "Peace, Love & Joy". These were all messages that speak to me in a special way and speak to others in the same way.
WHERE CAN YOU FIND 2 ANGELS CHARMS?
Julia: 2 Angels designs can be found in over 30 retail stores across the US (from LA to New York), Canada and Australia. We are also in the Nashville Anthropologie Accessories store and can be found on our website at www.2angelsjewelry.com and at Esty.com.
WHAT IS THE ONE THING YOU CANNOT LIVE WITHOUT?
Joanna: My family and my friends
Julia: My husband and my family
WHAT ARE THREE THINGS YOU WOULD WANT WITH YOU IF DESERTED ON AN ISLAND?
Joanna: My fav photos, my cashmere sweater (cause I am always cold) and my IPad
Julia: My music first, my memories and my IPhone