Designer Spotlight: Kosann’s Lockets, Charms and Medallions Tell ‘Secret Stories’

When Monica Rich Kosann first launched her jewelry collection over a decade ago, she made a commitment to creating jewelry that was about personal storytelling for a woman. Her very first design was a simplistic version of what has now become the most expansive and modern collection of lockets available anywhere. In those early days, she recognized that what one chose to put in that earliest locket was a means of self-expression, a secret story to be revealed by a woman at a time and place of her own choosing.


Over time, Monica came to realize that her collection was about more than personal storytelling. It was built around the idea that jewelry should not just be beautiful, it should empower and inspire a woman. When a woman chooses a piece from Monica’s collection that has unique meaning to her, it is an act of self-empowerment, and it can create a special and magical moment.

Following the introduction of lockets, she began creating her charm collections, and each charm and design had grand meanings that a woman could consider as an expression of her personal journeys and stories. This past year she introduced the Dorothy Medallion, a jewelry style inscribed with the words, YOU HAD THE POWER ALL ALONG MY DEAR. She used it as a vehicle to ask women in her community to share the ending to the thought, “I had the power when…”, and they did in beautiful ways. The answers from all involved in completing this thought have been poignant, moving, tearful and celebratory—but in all instances empowering. In short, they have begun a conversation which Monica Rich Kosann as a brand will continue.

For Monica, 2020 will continue to be a year focused on empowerment. Female empowerment, self-empowerment, girl empowerment. Jewelry should not just be beautiful, it should empower you. It should mean something. It should make you stronger.

Monica Roch Kosann’s collections are rooted in your personal storytelling. Choose the pieces that reflect your individual journey at Lesley Ann Jewels.

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