Seneca Jewelry Designer Sarah Jane Bourque

You are beautiful and confident.  You have a deep appreciation for style and design.   You want to feel inspired.   You realize that what you wear will set the tone for the day.   You are gracious.   The jewelry you wear is an expression of yourself.   You believe in serendipity.

I’m Sarah Jane Bourque, designer and owner of Seneca Jewelry.  After 24 years in the designer jewelry business, and the last 10 focusing on raising a family, I decided it was time to pivot (again).   I created Seneca Jewelry because like you, I have very high standards.  I want to wear jewelry pieces that elevate my senses on all levels.  I like sophisticated pieces that are exquisitely crafted, highly curated and resonate with my life story and modern lifestyle.  I am inspired by American Chic, strong bold shapes, a great story and anything positive.

My first taste of jewelry design was from my mother, who built a small jewelry business from scratch.  As a child, watching my mother diligently work on her pieces every night and hand deliver them to local boutiques (and eventually Saks Fifth Avenue) was quite impressionable.  I firmly believe that she steered the path for where I am today.

Seneca is a bespoke line of exquisitely handcrafted jewelry that merges modern edge and ease with ancient philosophy an my own personal stories.  The collection’s signature jewelry designs convey a sense of savoir-faire that embrace chic fashion sensibilities.  You will always feel beautiful when you wear Seneca.

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 Designer Sarah Jane Bourque:

Designer Sarah Jane Bourque’s foundation is her unyielding commitment to excellence forged over 24 years as a professional designer.  

Sarah Jane educated herself at the prestigious SCAD and Woodbury University art and design schools. Then, as an exclamation point, she finished her formal training with an apprenticeship focusing on haute couture in Paris, France.

Paris gave way to New York City and a multi year position designing luxury handbags and other high end items with renowned international jewelry designer Barry Kieselstein-Cord. However, Sarah Jane ultimately succumbed to an entrepreneurial spirit and a love for the desert Southwest: she made a literal leap of faith -- across the country to Arizona -- and created her own jewelry brand:  Saint By Sarah Jane.

Saint quickly grew into a national brand that was featured at Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue and Bloomingdale's among many other stores for over a decade.

Sarah Jane's designs have been featured in: People Magazine, Style, National Jeweler, JCK Magazine, In Store, Hamptons, Southern Accents, Veranda, So Scottsdale, Phoenix Home and Garden, Southern Lady and more.

Saint’s decade eventually yielded to Sarah Jane’s next “project” -- starting a family.  Ironically, Sarah Jane's decision to start a family was one of her best career moves: Raising children in an often times hectic world inspired Sarah Jane to create a new design philosophy she describes as:  "Strong, sleek, and principled with a modern ease and sophistication. Most modern women lead extremely active lifestyles that require several transitions throughout their day.  Jewelry and accessories should support that lifestyle."

Seneca Jewelry is inspired by the philosopher Seneca, who observed long ago "As long as you live, keep learning how to live." Seneca's wisdom is as relevant now as it was two thousand years ago.

The Collection:

The Seneca Jewelry Collection is a bespoke line of handcrafted jewelry that merges modern edge and ease with ancient philosophy and personal meaning. The Collection's signature designs convey a sense of savoir-faire that embrace every fashion sensibility. Pieces made of sterling silver, 18k gold and gemstones are enhanced with diverse patterns and textures and patinas that give unique character to each design.

Seneca Jewelry underscores modern, sleek designs with the timeless philosophy of Seneca, perhaps the greatest philosopher who ever lived.  Collections are inspired by Seneca’s finest wisdom and observations:  For those who wish to be reminded to cherish what they have, “Nothing is more honorable than a grateful heart.”  For others who have endured or are enduring difficult times, “It is a rough road that leads to the heights of greatness.” And, of course, for us all:  “If you wish to be loved, love.”

Those who wear Seneca jewelry know that beyond outstanding quality craftsmanship and beauty, Seneca pieces convey and emit a strong sense of purpose.  For example Seneca's coveted Talis cuffs are personal talismans that represent special events such as rites of passage and anniversaries. This collection is exclusively available online.

Seneca Jewelry has been seen in British Vogue, Elle, Country & Town House, Glamour, Harper's Bazaar, Tatler Magazine, AZ Red Book, as well as House Of Coco.

The Process:

Take pride in knowing that your piece of Seneca Jewelry was made to order specifically for you. Every piece of Seneca Jewelry is made in the United States from start to finish and incorporates both modern and ancient jewelry making techniques.  The intricate process starts in Sarah Jane’s design loft in the desert, where she personally hand crafts drawings of each design, complete with measurements and notations (aka spec drawing).  Then, depending on the nature of the design, Sarah Jane works with either a traditional wax artist or uses modern technology to carve a 3-D wax model for each jewelry part.

Using traditional jewelry making methods, the waxes are then cast using the lost wax process. These first metal castings are called master models. Each master model casting is cleaned and stamped with the necessary hallmarks. Then, a rubber mold is made from each master model for reproduction purposes.  After making the rubber mold(s), liquid wax is carefully injected into the molds to replicate the original wax carving. These waxes are casted, cleaned, assembled, and finished by the hands of expert, locally-sourced bench jewelers and metalsmiths. When using modern technology (which enables her to create pieces she could otherwise not), Sarah Jane starts with a 2-D hand drawing and from there a 3-D CAD image is created that is completely customizable for her clients.  All gemstones are individually set by the hands of a skilled in-house gemsetter. From start to finish, all designs are 100% made in America.