Reign Fashion: Interview With Jewelry Designer Gillian Steinhardt

Reign Fashion Costume Jewelry AccessoriesJewelry designer Gillian Steinhardt was blessed with the luck of the Irish when her costumer pal Meredith Markworth-Pollack called her up amid production in Ireland on the pilot episode of The CW’s new royal series Reign.

“She asked me to send her jewelry,” the artist told OSS in an interview. “She couldn’t find anything in the the town where they were shooting in. So she asked me to send her as many pieces as I could from my collection.”

As it turns out, Gillian’s treasure chest held exactly what Meredith was looking for. “She said that it was a Tudors-period show, but they wanted stuff that was contemporary to use that had relevance to younger women today,” Gillian recalled. “I have a lot of pieces that look timeless, look vintage, but can also be seen as modern. It worked very well with what she was doing.”

Fans of the show will start to see Gillian’s pieces pop up more and more on Queen Mary (Adelaide Kane) — scroll below to see a necklace and a gold ring from episode 3, “Kissed” (both are available to buy!) — but there’s one bauble in particular her royal highness will sport in every episode: her signet ring.

Reign Queen Mary Signet Ring JewelryGillian custom-designed the brass and silver piece, which she refers to as “the medusa ring,” by making a cast of an antique coin, setting it into a bezel, and giving it a treatment so that it looked very aged heirloom.

“Meredith said she needed sort of an inauguration ring and she didn’t want it to be a jewel; she wanted something that looked like it had been passed through time,” Gillian said. “That’s why I took this idea of a cameo, or a coin— something really, really antique. So I built something with a crude-quality to it. It’s not very refined. It looks like its had centuries of life before we see it.”



Reign Queen Mary Signet Ring index finger

Replications of the Queen’s signature ring, which was custom designed by Gillian Steinhardt Jewelry, is now available for purchase!
{Mary is pictured above in episode 2, “Snakes in the Garden”}
Reign Mary Necklace Episode 2 Kisses Gillian Steinhardt

Gillian Steinhardt Jewelry Origami Choker in Black Rhodium Plating
“It’s abstract enough to not be completely and obviously contemporary, yet it still has a modern-twist, which is the intention of the show,” Gillian told OSS of the necklace.  “It’s delicate, it’s feminine.”
Reign Mary Gold Diamon Triangle Ring

Gillian Steinhardt Jewelry Labyrinth Ring in 18K gold plating
{Mary is pictured wearing the ring during her first kiss with Prince Francis in episode 3, which is aptly titled, “Kissed”}
Reign Mary Earrings Hearts and Minds
Gillian Steinhardt Viva Earring
{Mary is pictured wearing these earrings in episode 4, “Hearts and Minds”}


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