Jewelry Is Soul Food

“Diamonds may be a girl’s best friend, but artisan jewelry is soul food,” according to MaJe Gallery owner Manya Vee. “An artist puts many years of design expertise and craftsmanship into each piece she creates, as well as a bit of her own soul. Mass produced jewelry simply can’t come close,” she concludes.

Here is a selection of jewelry currently available at MaJe Gallery.

Sculptural Jewelry by Cheryl Parrott
Sculptural Jewelry by Cheryl Parrott

In this interesting necklace, Edmonds artist Cheryl Parrott sculpts glass leaves, pearls and gems using multiple strands of tiny wires. The raku bird in the center was made by another artist. Even though this necklace is quite simple, it is also a statement piece, sure to elicit compliments and conversation whenever it is worn. Share a moment of beauty with complete strangers! How cool is that? A great example of how jewelry is soul food.  Coordinating earrings also available. Necklace is adjustable: 18″ – 21″.

This coral and sterling necklace is a great example of jewelry is soul food
Coral and Sterling Necklace

Another stunning statement necklace, this one-of-a-kind piece was made in Poulsbo by Poppy Design. Using dyed coral and articulated silver pieces hand-crafted in Taxco, Mexico, Poppy has created the perfect finishing necklace for a simple outfit. Let the jewelry do all the talking! Adjustable 20″ – 22″.

Sparkly dichroic and crystal bracelets show how jewelry is soul food
Sparkly dichroic and crystal bracelets

Bracelets are particularly nice because it’s the jewelry YOU get to enjoy as well. A new collection of bracelets by local artist Celeste Stuhring featuring dichroic glass centerpieces and Swarovski crystals. On memory wire, they are super easy to put on, too. A fun way to experience that jewelry is soul food.  Many more colors and styles in stock, and no two alike.

Sculptural necklace shows how jewelry is soul food
Turquoise flowers and lime green leaves

Another simpler necklace by the artist who made the first necklace on this page, Cheryl Parrott. In this case, she used hand-sculpted polymer clay flowers and paired them with her signature glass leaves, gems and pearls. Using antique bronze wire and chain, her work has a feminine, vintage vibe. This one is adjustable from 16″ – 19″ in length. Coordinating earrings are also available.

Pearls on Sterling Silver chain - jewelry is soul food
Pearls on Sterling Silver Chain

Long-time MaJe artisan Shari Both (and shop maven on Wednesdays!) makes exquisite yet simple jewelry such as this example here.  A single, large white pearl on a sterling chain that features a tiny pearl on one side, about 2″ up.  Coordinating earrings retain the simplicity.  Classics!

gems in 14k gold are the best way to show how jewelry is soul food
Hand-faceted gems in 14k yellow gold

And of course, we all love a gorgeous ring. Here we feature the incredible craftsmanship of our faceting guru, Bill Booze. This art isn’t found in America much anymore, but Bill has been honing his skill for over 30 years. That’s how he gets so much sparkle into each and every stone he facets. This lovely collection is all set in the same style band in 14-karat yellow gold.  From top left, we have a deep, rich amethyst, a AAA-grade iolite, and an intense red garnet. Just let us know the size you need, and we’ll make it happen.

Is your mouth watering yet?  See? I told you jewelry is soul food!

Stop by to see these and many more examples of exquisite artisan jewelry, made by artisans from all over America!

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