Diamonds may be a girl’s best friend, but why stop there? This month, we traveled around to great Memphis shops to find the women who create beautiful trinkets and baubles not just with diamonds, but also with precious jewels, gems and a variety of metals. We’ve rounded up a dozen pieces that are worth dropping a hint about to your significant other, since Valentine’s Day is right around the corner.
Designer: Amy Wells
Originally in the financial services industry, Amy Wells became a jewelry designer several years ago after not being able to find what she was looking for in a Mother’s Day gift. Based in Memphis but with a customer base around the country, Amy Wells Designs features jewelry fashioned from natural gemstones, freshwater pearls and Thai and sterling silver. Find items like those pictured below and many more of her products at Loni’s Fashions in Collierville, and in Amy’s online store.
Designers: Debra Lazarov and Jill Notowich
Celebrating 10 years this year, Debra | Jill takes its name from two childhood friends who later became sisters-in-law. The jewelry line of Debra Lazarov and Jill Notowich showcases gold, silver, precious and semiprecious stones via necklaces, bracelets, earrings and rings. Nature is an inspiration for their line. You can shop the Debra | Jill collection at Joseph, Oak Hall and Social.
Designer: Allie Varner
For hip and worldly jewelry pieces, try Allie Rox. Created by Allison “Allie” Varner, her pieces are inspired by her jet-setting adventures as an international flight attendant across Asia, India and Europe. Pieces from this Rhodes College history/art history major are often customizable. Her jewelry, which includes rings, bracelets and necklaces, features custom design options, such as colored enamel and gemstones and can be found at 20Twelve.
Designer: Laurie Bartholomew
Metal artist Laurie Bartholomew has provided customers with custom-made jewelry for the past 25 years. In addition to shops all around the country, her line can be found in her flagship store Bartholomew Jewelry in the Laurelwood Shopping Center in East Memphis.
Designer: Shelley Spiro
For the last designer, we traveled to another high-end, woman-owned boutique, Worth Avenue, 716 S. Mendenhall Road. Among the Worth NY and W by Worth clothing, we find pieces by Memphis jewelry designer Shelley Spiro. Many of the items in the Shelley Designs collection feature vintage objects, and pieces can also be customized, including the length. Worth Avenue is open by appointment only. Call (901) 237-9205 to learn more.
Memphis is home to a number of women creating gorgeous jewelry. Now you have a few more items and designers to add to your collection.