a conversation with joann henneman
After deciding to start her own jewelry line in 2016, JoAnn Henneman is slowly and quietly developing her brand. Based out of Florida and Illinois, her newly created collection of freshwater pearl jewelry is sophisticated, classic and fun. We wanted to find out more, so we sat down with JoAnn and talked about Paige Matthew.
What inspired you to create Paige Matthew?
It was after a trip to the Far East and a visit to a pearl market … I was overwhelmed by the different types of pearls that are now available - the interesting shapes, colors, sizes. The only pearls I owned were the classic white akoya, which I still love, by the way! The pearl is truly the most incredible, understated gemstone. It was after this trip I knew I wanted to create Paige Matthew.
What is your company’s philosophy?
I’ve noticed that pearls are either very expensive, high-end or imitation. I love that Paige Matthew can offer beautiful, genuine freshwater pearls at a great price point.
Tell us your favorite way to wear pearls?
Layered! That’s the key element of style with Paige Matthew. We love to mix different shapes, sizes, lengths and colors. It’s all about texture and interest. Pearls are so versatile, that’s why they are considered a staple in every woman’s wardrobe. I think Coco Chanel said it best, “A woman needs ropes and ropes of pearls.”
Share a little more about JoAnn Henneman
I have a wonderful husband who is such a support and inspiration. Together, we have five children - and yes, that includes Paige and Matthew! Professionally, growing the Paige Matthew brand has been exciting and challenging. Personally: earning my G.I.A. Pearl Certification, my amazing family, great friends, traveling and volunteer work are what makes me the most happy!