Lorraine Schwartz is an iconic jewelry designer best known for creating one of the most identifiable fine jewelry brands today. Her jewelry designs are equally beloved, powerful, and unique.
Growing up as the granddaughter of a prominent diamond dealer, who Lorraine looked up to, Schwartz had a window into the world of gemstones and fine jewelry from a young age. Captivated by the jewelry business, Schwartz was determined to forge her own path which led to success early on into her career. With diamonds in her DNA, and a talent for curating and collecting the most beautiful stones from around the world, Schwartz became known as a go-to diamond dealer and revered deal maker. Inspired by architecture, movement, and nature, Schwartz soon found herself designing jewelry that she herself wanted to wear, combining unique materials and precious gems to create exceptional masterpieces. Soon her one-of-a-kind designs caught the attention of A-list celebrities, royal families, heads of state, and global style icons. Lorraine Schwartz Fine Jewelry officially launched in 2001.
Schwartz has created some of most memorable red-carpet transcendent fashion moments of our time, and is known for designing some of the most highly publicized celebrity engagement rings of the last decade. Her designs have been widely coveted by iconic style makers and global influencers including Beyoncé, Blake Lively, Kim Kardashian, Pharrell Williams, Adele, Jennifer Lopez, and Angelina Jolie.
Her muse, Beyoncé, has been a canvas for many of Schwartz’s creations: from armfuls of stacked bangles to large statement-making earrings and the titanium glove that Beyoncé used to “put a ring on it” in her much-vaunted Single Ladies music video. Together, they have started many of the notable jewelry trends that swept the nation.
‘Lorraine Schwartz’ jewelry sets trends on the red carpet and in magazines across the globe. Angelina Jolie adorned the legendary oversized Lorraine Schwartz emerald earrings at the 2009 Oscars, which translated to an international emerald trend that remains today.
Schwartz’s influence extends beyond trends and style. She is working to transform the jewelry industry by empowering the next generation of diverse designers. She is creating access and opportunities for BIPOC designers through the Beyoncé Knowles-Carter X Lorraine Schwartz GIA Scholarship and the Emerging Designers Diamond Initiative, a partnership with the Natural Diamond Council.
Schwartz’s drive and dedication to her work has awarded her the Innovator of the Year award for the Accessories Council and The Women of Distinction in Business Award. She has been honored with the Spirit of Achievement award by the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and she is a member of the Council of Fashion Designers of America.
Schwartz has also been a long-time supporter and partner of the Angel Ball for Cancer Research, where she created the Shulamit Benjamini Sandberg Medical Research Grant in honor of her late mother and inspiration, whose keen eye and impeccable sense of style Lorraine credits her own success to.
As her late, dear friend, Elizabeth Taylor has said of Schwartz, “She’s a lovely, loveable being, and it’s reflected in her shimmering, dancing gems.”