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Gliteratti from the City of Brotherly Love: Layne Designs

In indie jewelry, silver jewelry on November 3, 2010 at 1:35 pm

The burgeoning Philadelphia craft scene is home to Layne Freedline of Layne Designs. Freedline’s  heirloom jewelry is made with traditional bench techniques and trendy lapidary cut stones like  druzy and cabochons. This black druzy piece is my favorite.  It is gorgeous!

Layne Designs - Heirloom JewelryFreedline is an accomplished jeweler who can boast an impressive resume of education and experience in the trade. She also teaches workshops on jewelry fabrication when she is not working in her own studio.

Designer Silver Jewelry - Layne DesignsMost Layne Designs custom pieces range in price from $165 to $450 with more elaborate designs fetching up to $700 each. Layne Designs also offers a lower priced production line of $32 inspirational pendants through an Etsy jewelry shop.

Turquoise Jewelry by Layne DesignsFreedline was a 2010 finalist for The Halstead Grant, an annual award competition for new jewelry design entrepreneurs. The 2011 Halstead Grant deadline is June 6, 2011.

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Joana Miranda Studio: Talent to Spare

In jewelry, silver jewelry on October 21, 2010 at 4:59 pm

Joana Miranda brings a fascinating background to the bench as a jewelry artist. Born in Portugal, Miranda was a professional violinist and violist before turning her attention to jewelry. She is also an accomplished writer through her popular blog on the life of a new jewelry designer.

Floating Pearl - Joana Miranda Studio Designer JewelryJoana Miranda Studio pieces feature classic metalsmithing motifs with contemporary twists such as the frequent use of rubber accents.  Miranda is a prolific artist with many talents.  Her blog and website are full of sketches and inspirational ides alongside finished pieces.

Garnet Swirl - Joana Miranda Studio Fine JewelryShe has won numerous awards for her work including multiple honors from both the Gemological Institute of America and the Women’s Jewelry Association. She was a 2010 finalist in The Halstead Grant, an annual competition for new jewelry design entrepreneurs.

On the Pond Pendant - Joana Miranda StudioJoana Miranda Studio collections are available for sale online at http://www.JoanaMirandaStudio.com. Retail prices range from $35 to $250 for most of her Argentium sterling silver pendants and earrings. She also does a great deal of custom work such as the piece shown above.

Tags: Designer Jewelry, Silver Jewelry, Jewelry Entrepreneur

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Sticky Sweet and Sparkling Tiffany Kunz Design

In indie jewelry, jewelry, silver jewelry on October 7, 2010 at 9:38 am

Diamonds used to be called ice. Thanks to emerging artists like Tiffany Kunz Design they may be picking up a new moniker.

The clusters of glowing, earth-tone, rough diamonds that Kunz uses as her signature in the new Concord Collection are more like dripping golden honey. She even offers a suite within the collection entitled “In Clover.”

Rough Diamond Jewelry - Tiffany Kunz DesignThe In Clover Suite embodies the best of Kunz’s designer jewelry: hand hammered eco-friendly metals, crystalline bunches of glittering diamonds and open organic forms. The Concord Collection website is reminiscent of a buzzing hive full of honeycomb. And the buzz, buzz, buzzing has already begun. Tiffany Kunz Design is attracting a wave of attention from blogs and magazines.

Wend Necklace - Eco-Friendly Jewelry Tiffany Kunz DesignTiffany Kunz Design is available at several high end boutiques in the Los Angeles area as well as online at http://www.TiffanyKunzDesign.com. Most pieces are available in sterling silver or vermeil of yellow, pink or white gold. Retail prices range from $60 – $625. Santa baby, bring me some honey this year.

Tiffany Kunz Designer JewelryTiffany Kunz Design was a finalist in our 2010 Halstead Grant competition for emerging jewelry designers.

Tags: Rough diamond jewelry, green jewelry, eco-friendly jewelry, starting a jewelry business

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Cowboy’s Sweetheart Jewelry Wins National Award & Business Grant

In indie jewelry, Jewelry Business Grant, silver jewelry on August 11, 2010 at 9:14 am
Cowboy's Sweetheart Jewelry

Western Jewelry for the American Cowgirl

Western jewelry designer Amy Fortunato of Cowboy’s Sweetheart rounded up top honors in the 2010 Jewelry Design Business Development Grant competition. Her prize package includes $6,000 in cash and jewelry supplies. The annual award is sponsored by jewelry supply wholesaler Halstead Bead, Inc.

The grant is awarded to a new jeweler in the bridge or handmade jewelry segment each year in recognition of design skill and business acumen. Candidates must submit lengthy applications including portfolios of original jewelry and details of their business plans.

“Amy’s work beautifully blends western inspired silversmithing with contemporary design elements. Her line is both fashionable and affordable,” said one competition judge, Hilary Halstead Scott, “her witty branding and accessible price points are perfect for an accessory start-up in the current economy.”

Fortunato received her jewelry training as part of a Fine Arts degree from the University of Connecticut. Her career has included graphic design and jewelry production for other companies prior to launching Cowboy’s Sweetheart. Fortunato describes the genesis of her company as her answer to the call “Go West, young lady, go West!” After moving to Colorado she began her love affair with the region’s natural surroundings, history and people.

“I attempt to celebrate a little bit of the American West each time I turn out a new piece.” she stated. “I am thrilled to receive this recognition and the opportunity to grow my business.”

Cowboy’s Sweetheart joins a distinguished list of past Grant winners in the industry. Her jewelry collections are available online at www.Cowboys-Sweetheart.com. A complete list of past grant recipients and finalists as well as competition details are on the Jewelry Design Business Development Grant website at www.HalsteadBead.com/grant.


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Cowboy’s Sweetheart Jewelry Wins National Award & Business Grant.

VOSTENAKstudios Wins National Jewelry Award & Business Grant

In indie jewelry, jewelry, Jewelry Business Grant, silver jewelry, Uncategorized on August 4, 2009 at 1:16 pm
ThePhoenix-VOSTENAKVOSTENAKstudios is the 2009 winner of a national competition for new American jewelry designers. The Jewelry Design Business Development Grant is awarded to a new entrepreneur each year in recognition of design talent and business acumen.

COTTONWOOD, Ariz., Aug. 4 /PRNewswire/ — VOSTENAKstudios of Cottonwood, AZ recently won a national jewelry design award and small business grant sponsored by industry supplier Halstead Bead Inc. Owner Valerie Ostenak will receive a prize package including a $6,000 grant of start up capital and supplies in recognition of her entrepreneurial skills and design talents. VOSTENAKstudios collections are available at fine stores and online at www.valerieostenak.com.

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In response to winning the award Ostenak said, “I am absolutely thrilled and deliriously happy to be the 2009 winner. I am still laughing with joy!”

Ostenak’s artistic experience includes traditional jewelry training, blacksmithing, graphic design and painting. The influences of each of these media converge in her fashion jewelry creations. Designs are crafted from Argentium sterling silver and embellished with high karat gold accents, freshwater pearls and semi-precious gemstones.

The VOSTENAKstudios silver jewelry line is contemporary with fluid lines and attention to detail. Ostenak’s unique style is easily recognizable in every piece. She creates one of-a-kind statement necklaces, hairpieces and earrings with delicately intertwined metalwork in her Woven Collection. Her Ribbon Collection consists of more simple hammered styles with a highly reflective finish.

“These designs are stunning,” said Hilary Halstead Scott, a competition judge, “I know VOSTENAKstudios will become a big name in fashion and design.”

Ostenak’s new business prevailed over top competitors from across the United States. Entrants were required to submit a designer jewelry portfolio, a full business plan and written answers to several specific questions. The judging process scrutinized every aspect of candidates’ prospects for succeeding in the fashion and jewelry industries.

VOSTENAKstudios joins a distinguished group of designer jewelry artists who have received the Jewelry Design Business Development Grant in past years including Ananda Khalsa Jewelry, Belle Brooke Designs and Bridgland Studios. Details on the award and all of this year’s top finalists can be found at www.halsteadbead.com/grant.

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