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37 part of anything we do. That was one of the bonding things when we first met. It's what fills our souls. When did you meet Tom? I met Tom through his husband [Richard Buckley], a great friend of mine when I lived in Paris. Tom had just gotten the job at Gucci as head designer. We met right when the flood-gates opened … You collaborated with Tom Ford on two jewelry collections. Working with Tom was a different process. I love color, and he loves black. I had to figure out how to blacken bronze. And instead of feathers in colors, we made earrings and necklaces in gold with black feathers. He has a more sophisticated eye than I do. He lifts the bar higher. Tom Ford, the teacher. I have learned that black comes in many shades. Your eye and taste really change when you spend time in his world, in his houses, with the way he lives. Every second of the day he looks so good — there are no downtimes, no slob times. I have gotten my graduate degree in design from being friends with him. Everything he does is passionate and smart. His left and right brains work equally; I only have the right brain. Tom is a businessman, can design, write, direct. It's nuts. He can do anything! About nature. Nature is my church. It's where all my inspirations really happen and gel. I get all my answers in nature. It's everything! You have called your jewelry armor, decoration, ceremonial, and "things you would put on a shrine." I sort of bless all my jewelry. There is a lot of love that goes into each piece and into each stone. So my ritual is love of what I do. Prized possessions. Well, I do have Sammy Davis Jr. suits I bought at auction. And my art book/ photography/fashion/design book collection is something I worked on for years. I basically have my own research library. My Calder jewelry, maybe. This is so hard. Billy Hanes furniture from the old Jack Warner estate that David Geffen bought. The house is burning. You grab … If I had to flee from a fire and I could only take one thing … I don't know. I would just burn, because I would have to get so many things I love. Recent treasures. I love these old Assuit shawls that are antiques from Egypt, woven with metal. They are so beautiful — not even sure how they made them. Your style. It changes every time I get dressed. I love hunting and gathering — and I am really good at finding treasures at vintage shows and vintage stores. I mix old with new. I want to be unique and not look like anyone. The one thing that is constant is my love for lots of jewelry. I like to feel like I am part of a tribe — my own tribe — and wear jewelry like its tribal. Your home in Bel Air is dreamy. My home is a 1957 Cliff May house — early ranch house, Spanish colonial. It's really just a style like my brain — not pure, but lots of things that somehow work together. My garden is sort of magical. That one time at the Pierre Cardin bubble house. I got to shoot there and spent two days there when Cardin owned it. It was so great and so weird and by the end I couldn't wait to get out. Richard Buckley took a photograph of you in 2001 doing the splits. What was the context. Oh, man. The context was about tequila — lots of it! Three sacred places. Wyoming: I grew up there. So few people and strong elements. Sheridan is my favorite little town. Mendocino, California: Just went there and am in love with it. You have such beauty — raw beauty. It's just so overwhelming. India: The color. The people. The way they wear jewelry. The way it's so chaotic and crazy, and yet it flows. Finish this sentence: Life is like … Life is like, wow man! Or, life is like the best thing ever, and that is why it's so hard to even think about dying. Amy Adams wearing a Lisa Eisner necklace in Tom Ford's romantic thriller film Nocturnal Animals Lisa Eisner jewelry photographed by Bruce Weber for Vogue Italia, April 2016 Gigi Hadid wearing Lisa Eisner jewelry for the October 2016 issue of WSJ magazine Lisa Eisner jewelery featured in Carine Roitfeld's CR Fashion Book, February 2016

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