our story

Millie & Noah founder Jen Tran did not take a traditional path to the fine jewelry world. She spent most of her career in biotech after completing her PhD work in cancer research. Over the years, her appreciation for jewelry evolved into a full immersion in the jewelry design world.

Applying the same level of rigor she learned in the research lab, she continually challenged herself to learn from, and collaborate with, other artists and master jewelers. With the advantage of being

an industry outsider, she routinely encourages her partners to experiment with their know-how and push the boundaries of traditional jewelry design.  What initially began as a means to express her fashion style became an introspective journey that elevated each design by imbuing it with a deep and emotional connection.

Millie & Noah was founded based on this experience that a custom piece becomes truly special when it uniquely captures an element of the wearer’s personal story. Free of the rules that previously guided

her professional pursuits, Jen combines her love of design and fashion with a scientist’s precision of line and form to create jewelry for the individual who is confident enough to stray from the predictable. Working one-on-one with each client, she immerses them in the entire creative process, giving them access to her personal network of carefully curated industry experts. Innately curious, she draws out her clients’ personal desires and translates them into modern and emotionally evocative designs. By providing a glimpse into the jewelry world's traditionally exclusive processes, Millie & Noah presents a fresh perspective on bespoke jewelry design.

Designer Jen Tran’s background uniquely blends arts and science. She spent most of her career in biotech after completing an MBA and PhD in cancer research, but her passion for jewelry was never far from her mind.  A personal quest for unique, meaningfully reflective pieces initially drove her to study and research jewelry design.

"The height of personal expression, jewelry should be as unique as the person wearing it."

Applying the same level of rigor she learned in the research lab, she continually challenged herself to learn from, and collaborate with, other artists and master jewelers. With the advantage of being an industry outsider, she routinely encourages her partners to experiment with their know-how and push the boundaries of traditional jewelry design.  What initially began as a means to express her fashion style became an introspective journey that elevated each design by imbuing it with a deep and emotional connection.

Millie & Noah was founded based on this experience that a custom piece becomes truly special when it uniquely captures an element of the wearer’s personal story. Free of the rules that previously guided her professional pursuits, Jen combines her love of design and fashion with a scientist’s precision of line and form to create jewelry for the individual who is confident enough to stray from the predictable. Working one-on-one with each client, she immerses them in the entire creative process, giving them access to her personal network of carefully curated industry experts. Innately curious, she draws out her clients’ personal desires and translates them into modern and emotionally evocative designs. By providing a glimpse into the jewelry world's traditionally exclusive processes, Millie & Noah presents a fresh perspective on bespoke jewelry design.