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Southern belles are known for their classic, yet uniquely refined style. They often create their signature looks with one-of-a-kind accessories and embellishments, which is why many designers in the South cater to these style statement-making gals. These jewelry designers in Nashville not only make pieces you can’t find anywhere else, but they also craft original pieces that each tell a story as special as the woman wearing them.
Beth Lawrence, a.k.a. “Freshie,” started Freshie & Zero in 2006; Zero is Beth’s Jack Russell Terrier and partner in crime. After graduating from Belmont University with an art degree, Beth fell in love with handmade jewelry while working in a craft gallery. What started as a side business is now Beth’s full-time job, where she creates delicate, feminine, modern jewelry made of sterling silver and gold-filled metals. She strives to design pieces that work for any woman at prices that anyone can afford.
Memarie Gayle is the jewelry designer behind Fearless Memories. She spent many years traveling the country as a singer-songwriter, where she would make jewelry for her stage shows and events. Her strong faith, her love of music, and philanthropy inspire her designs. Memarie enjoys creating free-spirited designs using raw gemstones, leather, feathers, and mixed metals. A percentage of all Fearless Memories sales goes to Faith Over Fear Ministry, which helps women of domestic abuse and those diagnosed with ovarian cancer—both of which Memarie has personally overcome.
As a child, Judith Bright would play in her mother’s jewelry box for hours, modeling her favorite costume jewelry pieces. She’s always been fascinated with how people adorn themselves and now lives out her dream of being a jewelry designer. She started Judith Bright in 2005, honing her handmade jewelry designing skills at Arti Orafe Jewelry School in Florence, Italy, and Barnsdall in Los Angeles. The Judith Bright studio sits in the 12 South neighborhood, where Judith and her team create jewelry that is beautiful, meaningful, and unique. There is also a Judith Bright location in Atlanta, Georgia.
Marrah Florita, a Nashville native, started the handcrafted jewelry line M. Florita. Her artisanal pieces are created to inspire the person wearing it. Her collections include hand-stamped personalized charms, the Skyline Collection, which pays homage to Nashville and other locations across the country, and her unique Necklace in a Bottle, which features a variety of lovely necklaces that come in small bottles topped with a cork bottle stopper. Marrah sources various gems and materials for her pieces, including ones with vintage elements.
Leah McIntyre’s fascination with jewelry began at an early age when she would play in her grandmother’s and great-grandmother’s jewelry boxes. Growing up south of Nashville, Leah would take pieces of costume jewelry apart and reconfigure them with wire for school science projects. By the fifth grade, she was running a business making friendship pins and beaded necklaces with anything she could get her hands on. The pieces in the Leah McIntyre jewelry line are inspired by long walks in the Tennessee woods near lakes and streams and trips to the rainforests in Costa Rica. Leah strives to make pieces that are not only feminine but also reflect the organic beauty of the earth around us.
Named for her late great-grandmother, Sarah Teague is the designer behind Ever Alice Studio. Mary Alice, or “Mime” as she was called, helped Sarah discover her passion for artistry as a child. Ever Alice Studio pieces are made from natural materials such as bone, wood, semi-precious stones, and pavé diamonds. Each piece, which reflects ultra-feminine, modern esthetics, is handcrafted in Nashville.
As the daughter of a jeweler, Christina Kober originally began making jewelry as a hobby to learn more about her father’s business. She started working for him at the age of 14, and eventually, her hobby became her passion. In 2007, Christina opened an Etsy shop, and by 2011, she was partnering with retailers as her social media presence grew. Her Fortune Cookie necklaces were particularly popular and are still part of the Christina Kober Designs collection today. Each piece of jewelry is made in Nashville by Christina and her team from start to finish.
Brooke Worthington received a formal education in bench jewelry and metalsmithing. She is a self-proclaimed sentimentalist and believes that jewelry does not need to be loud to make a statement. Most of the pieces in her jewelry collection are daily-wear pieces in yellow gold, oxidized silver, and diamonds. Brooke has an appreciation for fine metals and is naturally drawn to minimalistic designs and embellishments. Brooke Worthington Jewelry’s flagship store lies in Green Hills, where she sells her own pieces, as well as a curated assortment of other jewelry lines.
After uncovering some stones in a New Hampshire mine, Suzanne Myers’ fascination with jewelry making began. When she received a rock tumbler from her grandfather, her future was officially carved in stone and even further engraved when she discovered that a high-speed drill could convert almost anything into pendant jewelry. With the encouragement of her mother, Suzanne continued to make jewelry through high school, going on to earn a teaching degree from the University of Tennessee. Her jewelry business started as a side job while she taught inner-city youth for 10 years; she eventually opened a silversmithing studio in Nashville where Suzanne Myers Jewelry is made.
Born into a family of scientists and artists, Brooke Seraphine’s geologist father encouraged her to search for natural wonders, wherever they were, fostering an early interest in gems and minerals and heavily inspiring her jewelry designs. Seraphine Design jewelry represents the natural beauty and energy of nature, incorporating sparkly, colorful, glamorous elements, many of which use Peruvian pyrite, her signature stone. Brooke wants to design pieces that reflect the way women are multi-faceted and self-assured.