A woman’s jewelry can tell a story of not just her personal style but also her personality; bold with on trend pieces, conservative with simple designs or extroverted with jewelry that strikes up a conversation.
The same can be said of jewelry designers. Their collections tend to reflect past experiences and backgrounds that lead them to jewelry design as a means to express their creativity.
We are lucky to have many, many fabulous women designing jewelry along with jewelry business owners in Charlotte. We’ve highlighted eight ladies who have turned their passion and creativity into successful businesses. Keep reading and clicking to shop their styles and be sure to let us know in the comments of more female jewelry designers and stylists whom we should know.
Inspired by the style of Mary Anne’s grandmother, Iris is an assortment of luxury handcrafted jewelry for every occasion. Each piece is carefully handmade using unique, organic, globally sourced materials.
Having worked in NYC for Vogue, Giorgio Armani, Gilt Groupe and Tory Burch, Mary Anne Tubbs has almost a decade of experience in the Fashion Industry.
In 2014, Mary Anne moved back down South and traded in her Fashion career and fancy shoes for Motherhood and sneakers. In 2018, Mary Anne pursued her life-long dream and launched Iris in hopes that her jewelry might make women feel beautiful no matter how magnificent or mundane the occasion may be.
I have always loved unique accessories since I was a young girl. I did my high school internship here in Charlotte at Chezelle and fell in love with how bold and different Laryn’s jewelry selection was. From then, I was hooked and created Mere with my sister-in-law in 2011. What began as a pair of earrings designed with components from a local supply store, turned into a world of jewelry making. I love creating statement earrings, necklaces and bracelets at an affordable price for women who aren’t afraid to be bold.
We are twin jewelers who’ve been making jewelry for over 8 years now. We fell in love with jewelry when we attended East Carolina University for Metals Design and have been making bold statement jewelry ever since! We work with brass, sterling silver and semiprecious and precious gemstones.
Kathleen creates statement jewelry that is timelessly chic and can be loved by all generations of women. She has been designing jewelry since high school. With her father in the U.S Navy she lived in 6 states and Cuba before graduating from N.C State.
“I always liked creating jewelry for family, friends and myself no matter where i lived My business became a natural extension of that.” Kathleen, was a winner in the first Belk department store Southern Designer Showcase and was published as one of the “Top Jewelry Designers in Charlotte.” Murphy jewelry has been seen in Vogue, Lucky and Garden and Gun among many other publications. Kathleen creates jewelry to fit the colors of the season. Her designs are know for extraordinary elegance, texture and function because they can be worn for many occasions. She finds it interesting to combine unique materials . Leather, natural wood beads, semi-precious stones, textiles, globally sourced beads and gold findings are a few of her favorites. Kathleen lives in Charlotte with her husband and two little girls.
Created Beautifully was born unexpectedly eight years ago.
What started as a search for nature’s hidden beauty blossomed into this little company of mine.
After having been in retail as a visual merchandiser for several years, and putting my husband through nursing school, I longed to create beautiful things to share with others. I had always been crafty and my mom had taught me to sew when I was just a little girl. So I left retail and opened an etsy shop selling Bird Nest Jewelry and Fabric Bows. As my skills grew so did my reach. I developed a love for metal smithing, after much trial and error.
After a few years my work expanded to include hand made leather clutches, handbags and accessories. We started sourcing our leather from local upholstery shops and found that a wealth of beautiful leather just waiting to be utilized.
Life is full of beauty – and we hope our designs can bring a little of it to your life.
Jewelry designer Samantha McCall has created a niche brand with a bold edge, that wants to support women showing their passionate, free side in a way that makes others take notice. Their pieces have an inherent, unbridled passion that turns heads and keeps their customers craving more. When you want your accessories to really be the feature of your look – everyday to black tie – Primaura delivers.
elle + j started in spring 2013 under the name Poppy Style. In fall 2015 Madeline changed the name to honor her twins- Eloise & James.
A native Charlottean and graduate of Elon University, Madeline Hughes started designing jewelry post-college as a distraction from the stresses of a demanding career in the healthcare industry. Inspired by her late-mother, who was a talented painter and artist, Madeline timidly explored jewelry making despite self-claims that the creative gene had skipped over her. An inability to color within the lines proved to be a design omen, and a natural talent soon emerged. Jewelry orders outside family and friends made it quickly apparent that her true calling was in a much more creative place.
elle + j offers a piece for every woman, no matter her current mood or style. Using fresh and unexpected textures, an array of jewel tones rich in color, elle + j incorporates a unique combination of eclectic glamour that is easy to wear.
Sel de Vie, or Salt of Life, is a jewelry line inspired by the need to find a cure for Cystic Fibrosis (CF). Started three years ago in honor of Co-founder, Mallery Horton’s 5 year old daughter, Palmer, who has CF, Sel de Vie is proud to give 25% of all proceeds towards important CF research with the hopes of increasing the life expectancy and improving the quality of life for those living with CF.
Thirty thousand children and young adults in the United States fight this challenging and life-threatening genetic disease, affecting mostly the lungs and GI system by clogging important organs with thick, sticky mucus.
The name Sel de Vie comes from the fact that salt plays such an important role for those affected by CF.
Each piece is named after a child or young adult who fights Cystic Fibrosis, and every purchase gets us one step closer to the hopeful reality of people with CF living normal, healthy lives.
This series, brought to you by Charlotte Radiology Breast Centers, highlights the Charlotte Women making our community the vibrant, growing, exciting place they’ve been calling home for 50 years. At Charlotte Radiology, they know women, seeing over 100,000 women a year for their breast health needs. The professionals at Charlotte Radiology believe the key to beating and detecting breast cancer early is annual mammograms starting at age 40.