At embellish we proudly feature jewelry and accessories from a wonderfully diverse mix of makers and celebrate the hardworking, local, independent designers who spend hours honing their craft. From that diverse mix comes designers who wear many hats – business owner, jewelry maker, team cheerleader, social media aficionado, The Boss, wife (or husband) and in many cases - Mommy.
In the spirit of Mother’s Day we wanted to honor a few of our favorite designers - Melissa Lowery and Laurel Denise.
Owner and creator of SSD Jewelry, Melissa has been handmaking her own jewelry for over 15 years. Her aesthetic lies in combining recycled and/or vintage metals with homemade patina recipes to create unique and refined statement pieces.
"My goal is that my jewelry will connect with someone—visually and emotionally and that my production process will leave a small of a "footprint" environmentally as possible."
The business is a family affair with her husband, Brian taking care of all her media work and her two daughters attending shows and festivals with her while also selling their own artwork - during the LEAF festival they successfully sold t-shirts to festival goers.
In 2005, Laurel Denise Smith was working in Washington, DC and she had a dream where she was using new tools and materials to create jewelry – "tools and materials I’d never used before!" Six months later, due to her slightly obsessive and, well, “determined” personality, she had a website and her first orders. The rest, as they say, is history.
She now spends her days making beautiful things filled with inspiration and happiness in Charlottesville, VA where she lives happily with her husband, daughter and new baby. You can find her juggling mommy-hood and jewelry making in her studio, opting to bring the little ones with her to work as she continues to grow her business.