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Malu Byrne and Rick Van Streain Low

Our Curriculum Vitae Q&A with Malu Byrne and Rick Van Streain Low of En Jewelry Studio. A fine jewelry collection based on the belief that jewelry should empower its wearer from within.

Astrological sign?
Malu and Rick: We are both Geminis

Lucky number?
Malu: 6 and 9

Rick: 13

Favorite color?
Malu: Indigo

Rick: Pink

Morning, Noon, or Night?
Malu: Noon

Rick: Morning

Breakfast, Lunch, or Dinner?
Malu: Dinner

Rick: Breakfast

Football, Baseball, or Basketball?
Malu and Rick: Basketball

Green Tea, Black Tea, or Herbal Tea?
Malu: All

Rick: Black Tea

Sugar, Splenda, or Stevia?
Malu: Honey

Rick: Sugar

Red, White, or Rosé?
Malu: Red

Rick: Rosé

Spicy, Salty, or Sweet?
Malu: Salty

Rick: Sweet

Sandwich, Soup, or Salad?
Malu and Rick: Sandwich

Cashmere, Silk, or Linen?
Malu: Cashmere

Rick: Linen

Black, White, or Color?
Malu: Black

Rick: Color

Is your closet messy or neat?
Malu: Messy

Rick: Neat

What’s your favorite room in your home?
Malu and Rick: The Kitchen

What do you collect?
Malu: Seed Pods

Rick: Quirky handmade ceramics

Dream dinner guest?
Malu: Rick

Rick: Malu

Sunday Ritual?
Malu: Laying in bed as long as possible.

Rick: Brunch after Malu finally gets up, followed by a walk in nature.

Favorite flower?
Malu: Lily of the Valley

Rick: Peony

Favorite scent?
Malu: Fresh cut grass and green chilies.

Rick: Summer (a little sunscreen and a little salt water)

Cheat meal?
Malu: I try not to feel bad about eating anything

Rick: Love a pizza party

Favorite place to escape to when you need a moment of respite?
Malu: A solitary long walk in nature

Rick: Swimming or being near the water

Talent you’d like to have?
Malu: I wish I had a green thumb

Rick: I wish I could sing (and sound good doing so!)

Quality you want to be remembered by?
Malu: Kindness

Rick: Generosity

Best thing about where you are from?
Malu: Independence

Rick: Friendly neighbors

It’s hard not to be reminiscent of the past, and distracted by the future. How do you strive to live in the moment?
Remarkably we remain very much in the moment. Malu has a young toddler – who is a fixture at our studio – and having children around makes
being in the moment almost mandatory. We are both very aware of the danger of too much nostalgia and/or focusing on what the future MAY bring (so rarely does it unfold in a way that one could anticipate). As jewelers our real quicksand lays in the tiniest of details – which we admittedly – work and rework until they are perfect!

What does Considered Luxury mean to you?
Considered luxury for us is not only a celebration of contemporary design and heirloom quality, but a mindfulness of how things are made. Beyond
sustainability and ethical practices, we aim to make jewelry that will be enjoyed for years to come! We just love stories of jewelry being cherished,
collected, passed on, and shared – becoming intergenerational treasures.

What was the inspiration behind starting your brand?
We launched our brand in the Spring of 2019 after collaborating together for many years and finding exceptionally creative and symbiotic partners
within one another. Our shared love of form and exploration of material made it exciting to develop a visual vocabulary that would become the
cornerstone of EN Studio. Through our separate experiences within the jewelry space, we saw niches to fill and an opportunity to create a brand
that would become an amalgamation of our interests. We saw a bridge that was missing between traditionally masculine and feminine jewelry that we
didn’t entirely resonate with. In creating these pieces together, originally meant for each other to fill that void and bring each other joy, we discovered that there was a larger audience craving the work we were making as well. The nature of being a duo creates a strong balance and a form of inclusivity.
The word en is derived from ensō, the Japanese Zen Buddhist practice of circular ink painting where the creative process is as important as the final
outcome. A moment when the mind is free to let the body create.

Give three words that describe your brand?
Bold, minimalist, elevated.