Deborah Armstrong -- President, Founder and creative innovator behind the Greenwich, CT based Deborah Armstrong & Company – has always had a creative side. As a child, she was immensely interested in all types of arts and crafts, anything that was hands on.
At the University of Colorado, Deborah continued the trend majoring in art and art history. After moving to Los Angeles, her first jobs were costume and wardrobe for TV programs including All in the Family and as a sculptor creating exhibits for the Los Angeles Fair. These provided the experience necessary to become a model-maker for George Lucas' Industrial Light and Magic special effects firm. At that time, sci-fi filming techniques were at their advent and Deborah had to be both inventive and somewhat engineer-minded to help build the necessary otherworldly creatures for Star Wars and its successors. With her interest in television and film piqued, Deborah moved from a career in model-making to film editing the sci-fi series Buck Rogers and Battlestar Gallactica.
After marrying Jon Connolly - screenwriter of such films as The Dream Team, Opportunity Knocks and Eddie, Deborah moved to New York City and began a career in advertising where she worked for DDB Needham on diverse accounts like Clairol, Volkswagen, Mobil Oil and Amtrack.
In the early 1990s, Deborah returned to her creative roots and started taking jewelry classes at Cecilia Bauer's Studio and Parsons School of Design. She launched her company in 1996, and now produces beautiful sterling silver jewelry with semi-precious stones and 18k gold accents under her own name. Deborah Armstrong jewelry is now available at over 300 chic boutiques, galleries and fine jewelry stores across the country.
Deborah loves what she does and has incorporated her visual and craft-making skills, as well as her ability to market and sell a product into a very satisfying and profitable career. From the very beginning, she developed a loyal following. She has been cited in the Los Angeles Times as a designer to watch. Her jewelry has been featured in many top fashion magazines and is now worn by celebrities including Halle Berry, Jennifer Connelly, Faith Hill, Heidi Klum, Susan Lucci, Diane Sawyer, Marisa Tomei, Diane Von Furstenberg, Sharon Stone and Vanessa Williams.