If you’re like me, your jewelry-making skills don’t go beyond stringing colorful beads on a wire or a cord. I lack the creativity, patience and technique, but truly appreciate the work artists put into creating an original piece. There are many jewelry makers in Charlotte and surrounding areas using innovative, traditional and old-world methods and materials to design and hand-make earrings, necklaces and bracelets.
Here are eleven local jewelry makers, what they make and where to find their products:
“I make necklaces and accessories from pieces of vintage Ukrainian embroidery. Each piece is one-of-a-kind, and I incorporate different types of beads (wood, glass and metal) as well as other natural elements such as twine and leather. Currently I’m making necklaces and cuff bracelets as well as handbags and up-cycled clothing.”
Shop local: Visit Moxie Mercantile, 2008 Commonwealth Ave.
“All my jewelry is made using recycled bullet casings and shotgun shells. I use brass and aluminum shells to create necklaces, bracelets, earrings, rings, belly rings, bobby pins and more. I also use the shells on wallets, dog collars, kids’ hair bows and headbands. I enjoy making special custom memory pieces using a customer’s own shells to help save a memory of a special hunt, a shooting competition or even a loved one’s military funeral.”
“My designs are all individually hand-forged from recycled aluminum, which makes them very lightweight, tarnish-resistant and less expensive. All the findings used in the pieces are nickel-free. I have pulled many designs from ancient petroglyphs, while others are beach themes, geometrics, or just creative/happy accidents. My designs include earrings, bracelets, necklaces, rings and ornaments.”
Find it: Facebook
Shop local: Lancaster County Arts Council, Lancaster SC; Olde English District Visitors Center, Richburg SC; The Beaded Dragon Shop in York, SC and The Museum of York County, Rock Hill.
“I make jewelry with many different mediums but hammered aluminum wire is my favorite. I use unique beads and each piece has its own story.”
Shop local: The Painted Attic and Two Social Butterflies in Rock Hill and Olde English District Visitors Center in Richburg, SC.
“I use polymer clay, sterling silver, leather, stainless steel and wood to create abstract, one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces.”
Find it: Covaly Artisan Jewelry
“Bajari is a jewelry line that focuses on minimalist, modern pieces for everyday wear. When I create my pieces, they have to be comfortable, lightweight and easy to wear. I make earrings, necklaces and rings using high-quality materials such as resin, brass, sterling silver or gold-filled.”
Shop local: CLT FIND inside 7th Street Public Market
“We make handmade jewelry using semi-precious gemstones, brass and sterling silver. We make earrings, rings, necklaces, cuffs and wall hangings.”
Shop local: Boris and Natasha, Covet Atelier and Cotswold Marketplace
“I make gemstone necklaces, earrings and wire wrap bracelets. I also make laser cut and etched acrylic monograms, bracelets and earrings.”
Shop local: Unwind Tea and Coffee House in Pineville and Shabby Chic Boutique in Waxhaw
“My goal is to combine nostalgic roots with modern designs in each of my handmade jewelry pieces. I use the classic techniques of weaving, ceramics and woodworking to create earrings, bracelets and necklaces.”