GRAND RAPIDS, Mich (WOOD) - It's great to support artisans from around the world, right from our own backyard. Metal Art Studio Fine Jewelry is one mile up Monroe Avenue, just north of the Sixth Street Bridge, and they carry some of the most unique pieces of jewelry from a broad range of designers.
Rachael is wearing a piece of Kelim jewelry. Kelim jewelry is designed by a Turkish couple who live in Switzerland. Their designs are inspired by the beautiful patterns in traditional Turkish carpets, and the natural beauty of their adopted country. Metal Art Studio builds their jewelry in a creative way, the clean bold shapes, and the luster they get out of sterling silver. Some of their pieces almost glow like pearls. The cube-shaped beads are dramatic, yet lightweight and comfortable. Kelim jewelry is also surprisingly affordable, prices start around $100.
Terri is wearing part of a line called "Pebbles," and is one of many Bree Richey lines you can find at Metal Art Studio Fine Jewelry. Co-owner of Metal Art Studio, Carol, discovered Bree Richey at a high-end craft show on the east coast, and has watched (and supported) her talent evolve over the years. Now Bree's designs are in museums across the country including The Guggenheim Museum, The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and The Kennedy Center. She makes fine sterling silver jewelry in elegant, highly wearable designs. Her pieces don't require the "right outfit", they look great with just about everything. Bree draws her influence from her Scandinavian background, and from her love of Art Deco. Her designs are clean, comfortable and modern, and her prices are very reasonable, a few pieces are even under $100! Amazing for artisan jewelry.
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