Sometimes jewelry isn’t just jewelry. Sometimes a necklace is a meaningful gift, or a ring is a family heirloom. Suzanne Ellis Wernevi, founder of Luna & Stella, knows that the things we wear often mean more than decoration. “I believe relationships – between parents, grandparents, children, partners, siblings and friends – are what life is all about,” she says. The jewelry she designs: rings, necklaces and charms in celestial shapes, and with birthstones of your own or your loved ones, represent connections between people. “My most prized possessions are two rings, one that was my grandmother’s, and one that my mother-in-law gave me on my wedding day, a ring that was her mother’s,” Suzanne says. “I never take them off.”
You might have seen Luna & Stella jewelry on kids’ fashion blogs. Katie Holmes and Suri Cruise, arbiters of mother/daughter fashion, which is really a thing, have been seen wearing the star necklaces with each others’ birthstones in them. “When I was a little girl, my mother was always suggesting that we should get mother-daughter outfits, to the point that it became a running joke,” Suzanne says. “While I never wanted to dress like my mother, I always loved her jewelry collection, much of which she had inherited from her own mother. It got me thinking about the timelessness of jewelry, and the ability for it to hold meaning across generations.”
For the last year, she’s been working on Luna & Stella’s “mama + me” collection, which debuted this spring. The line includes girls sizes of heart and star stacking birthstone rings, and mama + me bracelets and necklaces using the brand’s signature moon and stars designs: a moon for mom, and a star for her girl. “Being a mom myself now, I can relate to the appeal of the idea of wearing something that connects you to your child,” Suzanne says. “Wearing jewelry that symbolizes a connection is a much more subtle way of celebrating the mother-daughter relationship than wearing a matching outfit.” And way less embarrassing, too.