Editor's note: This is the first in an occasion series focusing on local crafters and their wares. If you are a local crafter, keep an eye out for the next call for a specific creation.
Many people need an outlet for their creativity. Some may do it in the comfort of their own home; others have chosen to display their wares online or in stores. Buying from local residents keeps money in our economy.
Here are some area designers who have chosen jewelry as an avenue to express themselves:
Rutherford make rings, necklaces, bracelets, bangles and barefoot sandals. Her creations range in price from $3.50 to $25. To view more of her designs, visit www.facebook.com/mrutherford or etsy.com/shop/TheSundryPainter. For more information, email email@example.com.
Bruce been making jewelry since the late 1990s and selling it since 2002-2003. She consigns at the Aiken Center for the Arts. Most of her pieces are under $100. To view more of her designs, visit beadifulworld.com, www.etsy.com/shop/beadifulworld (for jewelry), www.etsy.com/shop/trinquetts (ceiling fan pulls, etc.) or www.facebook.com/beadifulworld. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 803-979-0166.
Hanks has been making all kinds of handmade jewelry for more than 35 years, with styles and types changing as times and people's taste change. She does special orders and generally does not make duplicates of pieces unless by special request for something such as bridesmaids gifts. She has a large collection of beads and elements to work with, and many are vintage, one-of-a-kind items that you will not find again anywhere else.
Her prices vary according to what she is making, elements used and time involved. Items generally run between $10 to $70, with the average price running between $15 to $30.
To view her designs, visit www.EileenHanksDesigns.com, www.EileenHanksDesigns.artfire.com, www.facebook.com/EileenHanksDesigns or www.Twitter.com/EileenHanks. For more information, email EileenHanksDesigns@bellsouth.net.
Megan and John Bush
The Bushes, co-owners and creators of Antebellum Baubles LLC, have 26 stores that carry their handmade designs in South Carolina, Georgia, North Carolina, Mississippi, Alabama and Maryland. In the Aiken County area, Communigraphics and 3 Monkeys carry their product. Their jewelry ranges in price from $20 to $50.
To view their designs, visit www.facebook.com/AntebellumBaubles or www.etsy.com/shop/AntebellumBaubles or follow them on Instagram – @shopantebellumbaubles.
Rhodes is a local crafter/designer of jewelry. She has shown at a few craft shows and made jewelry for individuals. She works with wood, glass, semiprecious stones and pearls. She currently has, on hand, around 75 everyday earrings and 25 Christmas earrings, as well as around 12 necklaces, some of which have earrings to match. Her designs range in price from $5 to $10 for the earrings, $10 to $20 for necklaces and around $5 for bracelets. She has an abundance of materials on hand that she has collected over the years, allowing her to keep her prices low. For more information, email email@example.com.
Eberhard, an Aiken resident, is in her last semester studying art education at USC, and the jewelry she makes is another medium of art for herself. The materials that she works with are found or collected locally. She works a lot with bone or wood which she has picked up over the years. Much of her brass and silver jewelry is influenced by the organic forms of bones and have a very unpolished edge to them.
She sells at craft fairs and art events around Columbia. The name of her jewelry, Freelove Beads, comes from an old family name that has nothing to do with hippie culture.
Her prices range from $12 to $50.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.freelovebeads.com.
Jolley makes her own jewelry by going out, looking for her own stones and then bringing them home and wire wrapping them into unique, one-of-a-kind pieces. To view her creations, visit facebook.com/moonlightgemsandjewels. For more information, email email@example.com.
Pearce has been designing and making jewelry for more than 10 years. She focuses mainly on wire-wrapped work. She has pieces at The Hen House in Aiken and has biannual shows. Pearce mainly creates custom pieces.
To view her creations, visit www.pearcegrafx.com and click on “underwraps jewelry.”
Prices range from $10 to $300.
Levitt has created a jewelry line, Jewels From the Heart. She is best known for her designs using Venetian glass from Murano, Italy. She uses quality freshwater pearls, as well as a variety of gemstones. Handcrafted silver from Bali and Thailand are one of Levitt's trademark accents. She incorporate lampwork beads made by other artists, as well as pendants and findings created by artists across the nation.
She sells at Aiken Center for the Arts and Equine Devine, as well as by appointment. She will also design special orders. Her creations can be viewed at www.etsy.com/shop/LindaLevittJewelry or www.pinterest.com/search/pins/?q=LindaLevittJewelry.
Her prices range from $45 to $150.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Heyward is a local jewelry maker in Aiken County. Her jewelry is on display at the Tea Garden Gifts on Laurens Street, and she has a showcase at the new Aiken Artist Nest on York Street.
For more information, call 803-218-8257 or email email@example.com.
Brown is the owner of The Persnickety Cricket. Following in the footsteps of her mother, Brown specializes in Southern handcrafted bangles made right here in Aiken and game day bangle “stacks” for most SEC/ACC teams, along with a few others. She uses beads, stones and coins from all over the world to make her creations.
To see her designs, visit www.etsy.com/shop/PersnicketyCricket17 or www.facebook.com/pages/The-Persnickety-Cricket/332037083552316 or follow her on Instagram – @ThePersnicketyCricket.
Most bangles range in price from $12 to $20.
For more information, call 803-646-0300 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
McRee uses semiprecious stones, Swarovski crystals and fresh water pearls with either sterling silver or gold-filled findings for her creations. She also makes fused and stained glass jewelry and creates necklaces, bracelets, watches, pendants, earrings and rings.
She shows her designs at the spring and fall Herb Faires and Odell Weeks Christmas Craft Show and occasionally has items for sale at the Aiken Center for the Arts.
Her prices range from approximately $10 to $50, depending on the materials used.
For more information, call 803-648-7914 or 803-646-2736 or email email@example.com.
Sweeten, a member of the Art Guild, does fused glass pendants, bracelets, earrings, wine stoppers and night lights. She displays her creations at Aiken's Makin', the Strawberry Festival and craft shows at the H. Odell Weeks Activities Center. Her designs can be viewed online at www.sweetlinjewelry.com; they range in price from $10 to $50.
Her jewelry can be purchased by setting up an appointment with her by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org; it is also available at the Aiken Center for the Arts on Laurens Street.
Kuehn designs items for her jewelry line, Busy Beads, out of her home. She likes trying different materials and different styles and uses semiprecious gemstones such as agates, jaspers and jades, as well as polymer clay, wood and seeds.
She sells out of her home, at Aiken's Makin' and the Aiken Christmas Craft Show, as well as online. Her creations can be viewed at www.etsy.com/shop/beadstreetgallery or www.facebook.com/busybeadsatbeadstreetgallery.
Her designs range in price from $25 to $50, with most items in the $30 to $35 range.
For more information, email email@example.com.
King sells her handmade hemp jewelry and recently started her own store with eBay. Her designs can be viewed at www.ebay.com/sch/trippykun and www.facebook.com/trippykun.
Her jewelry ranges in price from $10 to $20.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sprawls creates pins with wool and beading. She felt each pin with one needle to put the wool in. Her favorite pin is the one she did in alpaca. She does many crafts; whatever mood strikes her, that's what she creates.
Her designs can be found at Elliotts Consignment shop, downtown, and at The Artist Nest on York Street. Her creations can also be viewed at www.facebook.com/pages/Busy-Bee-Designs-by-Billie/239464606145294.
Prices vary from $15 to $40, depending on the time it takes to complete.
For more information, email email@example.com.
Simpkins, a jewelry designer in Aiken, has created her line, The Nicole Simpkins Collection. She hosts shows, as well as attends various church functions, festivals and many other events where vendors are welcomed and designs for women, men and kids.
Her pieces can be viewed at www.facebook.com/pages/Nicole-Simpkins-Collection/203844449652622 or by following her on Instagram – @Nicolesc2010. She is in the process of updating her website, www.nscollection.com.
Prices range from $6 and up, depending on design and material cost.
For more information, call 803-226-7929 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Cook is the owner and artist of Honestly Sweet gifts. She has pieces at the Aiken Center for the Arts, North Augusta Arts & Heritage Center, Impressions of the South and Sho Ane Bridal & Formals Design Studio in Augusta. She also sells every Saturday morning at the Market on Reynolds Street in Augusta.
Her designs can be viewed at www.facebook.com/pages/Honestly-Sweet-Gifts/255576797788443.
Stone is an Aiken resident who sells her jewelry online and at art shows. She has accessories to match (clutches, framed work, etc.), which she includes in the art shows.
Her designs can be viewed at www.KarenStoneStudio.com. Her jewelry is priced around $24.
Stone may be contacted through her website.
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