Global Lipstick loves all things fashion. We also have a compelling desire to accessorize, so naturally we are always looking for new sources to feed our jewelry fetish. Jewels are the icing on the cake that is an ensemble and Ms. Germaine Harris, aka GG Sirrah, is a pro at creating unique “icing”. She has been independently designing and crafting jeweled art for only three years but has garnered an impeccable collection and customer base. GG Sirrah. The name itself is fierce, matching the up-and-coming designer’s spicy sparkle. This Brooklynite showcases her bold, fantastic personality in each piece to which she lends her name. When you adorn her jewelry, you are truly blessed with an extension of GG’s heart.
We had the distinct pleasure of interviewing Ms. Harris and got a small glimpse of her life as a jewelista.
GL: How old were you when you fell in love with jewelry?
GG: I don’t remember my exact age, I just remember my grandmother wearing all her jewelry and falling in love with how it made her look. I remember going into her room and putting on all her different pieces and admiring myself in the mirror.
GL: When did you start selling your jewelry professionally?
GG: In 2010 I was laid off from my job at Macy’s. I took that as a sign to turn my passion for making and selling jewelry into doing so full-time.
GL: What inspires your designs?
GG: It depends! Most of the time I can just take one bead, look at it and know how each part of that particular piece will fall into place. Seeing a design in my mind gets me excited!
GL: What do you love most about making your jewelry?
GG: I don’t (she laughs). Honestly, I don’t actively enjoy making the pieces. Sitting down in one place for three hours for me is not fun but I love the end result. I love to see the joy my customers have when they wear something I created.
GL: What is your favorite piece of jewelry?
GG: It’s called Charlottes’ Web. I didn’t even design it (she laughs). It’s from a wholesaler that I work with but I love it! In fact, I wore it (the necklace) to an event where I was a vendor and one of the event planners wanted to buy it off my neck for his wife. He even offered to pay what I originally paid but I said, “heck no!” What actually ended up happening was the same wholesaler sent me another one in a shipment. I called the man and let him know (he could purchase mine) and he said, “Of course, I want it.” So I brought it to where he lived and he said his wife couldn’t have been more excited!
GL: What are your favorite materials to work with?
GG: Precious stones. No two are alike, which makes no two pieces the same. That’s why my customers are loyal because they know even if I make 5 of the “same” thing the one they get will be one-of-a-kind.
Check out some of GG’s favorite designs and one-of-a-kind selections!
Lucite Fluorescent Beaded Bracelet
Wooden, Metal & Horn Pendant Necklace
For the nighttime:
Black & Gold Layered Chain Necklace
You can find all of GG Sirrahs’ BIG, BOLD and BEAUTIFUL jewelry and assecories at http://www.ggsirrah.com. Also like her on instagram and twitter @ggsirrah.