I have alway been a recycler/upcycler. I see beauty and potential in everything…
As a jewelry designer I especially find inspiration in old, vintage, broken jewelry.
I found a gorgeous 1980′s vintage necklace at a “junk” shop in Waterbury, CT. It was comprised of two extra-long strands of beautiful faux lucite coral beads.
I was excited by the piece because I LOVE well made faux coral. As an ocean lover I don’t like the idea of harvesting coral for consumer purposes, because of the devastating damage it has on vulnerable reef systems.
But as a designer I do recognize its superb beauty and potential in jewelry, so faux is totally the way to go!!
I have used the beads from the necklace to create rings, earrings and pendants.
I think Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to support an independent designer. When you give your loved one a one-of-a-kind, handcrafted gift it feels so much more special!! A handpicked artisinal present shows that you care enough to think outside of the box and go in search of something really unique for your sweetie.
PLUS you get to spread the loooove by supporting someone who is creating things from their heart, with their own two hands!!
I’m so exited to welcome you to KateStephenJewelry.com!! I am an independent jewelry designer doing what I love! And in turn all of my designs come from a place of gratitude and true creativity. I think handcrafted accessories are a special accent to one’s overall style and vibe. Knowing that you are purchasing something truly unique and special, while supporting an artist is empowering and important.
I hope you will follow my blog, as I will continue to share my new designs, write about inspirations and highlight my fellow independent artists and store owners