For some, the phrase “handmade jewelry” may call to mind those woven rubber band bracelets that are all the rage in elementary schools throughout America or macaroni necklaces that are crafted with love by a talented preschooler. However – given Atlanta’s rich and colorful cultural scene – the handmade jewelry industry is much broader than pasta and rubber bands…and it is thriving. Representing a chic blend of art and fashion, there are a number of unique boutiques and distinctive destinations throughout the city where both fledgling and full-blown fashionistas can pursue their passion for finding (and even making) handmade jewelry.
The Beehive Atlanta
1250 Caroline St., Suite C120
Atlanta, GA 30307
A unique “boutique co-op” concept that blazed onto Atlanta’s fashion scene in 2004, the Beehive represents independent designers who focus in a number of different areas including fashion, housewares, accessories, food and – of course – jewelry. Nearly a dozen jewelry designers are represented at the Beehive, but what makes this spot even more alluring for bauble lovers is the fact that the Beehive hosts jewelry making classes. Interested parties can find course information and register online.
Judith Bright Jewelry
1002 Virginia Ave. N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30306
In addition to this chic boutique in Virginia-Highlands, the jewelry artisan whose name appears on the shop’s awning also boasts stores in Nashville, TN and Los Angeles, CA. Comprised mainly of sterling silver, 14K gold and semi-precious stones, Judith Bright’s extensive jewelry line also features mixed metal pieces, hand-hammered gold, aromatic sandalwood beads and more. Her necklaces, earrings and bracelets have adorned the likes of Hollywood starlets, including Meryl Streep, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Jennifer Lopez.
138 Holcomb Bridge Road
Norcross, GA 30071
Offering up an eclectic blend of antiques, vintage items, specialty gifts, food and jewelry, Farmhouse 17 is dedicated to promoting (re)purposeful living. Co-owner Sandra Brooks has been designing unique pieces of wearable art that truly make a statement. As diverse as the rest of the inventory at Farmhouse 17, the Sandra Brooks Collection of handmade jewelry runs the gamut from tasteful and traditional to hip and trendy.
485 Buford Drive, Suite 311
Lawrenceville, GA 30046
In addition to gorgeous handmade jewelry collections offered in store and online, Gemi Girl also plays host to jewelry classes and jewelry making parties. It offers a great opportunity for budding jewelry artisans to try their hand at metal stamping, beaded necklaces, stretch bracelets and more, as well as an entirely different twist on a memorable girls night out or fun birthday party – one that comes complete with a keepsake for guests to wear for years to come.
1187 Howell Mill Road
Atlanta, GA 30318
A localized slant on the concept of “Made in America,” Atlanta MADE showcases an eclectic array of furniture, home décor, paintings, food, clothing and jewelry crafted by über talented Atlanta artists. The Howell Mill showroom features more than 70 “partners” – several of whom specialize in beautiful and unique pieces of handmade jewelry.
Kasie Bolling is a freelance writer covering all things Atlanta. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.