Every outfit, no matter how stunning, can be complemented with the right piece of jewelry. Sometimes it’s as simple as post earrings. Other times the more extravagant, the better. But in any case, there is a priceless advantage to finding the perfect, original, handcrafted accessory that makes the wearer feel both beautiful and bold. Luckily, Baltimore artists and local boutiques are up to the challenge and this list will direct you to the best handmade jewelry in town.
Yummy & Company
Inspirational, handmade jewelry is what Yummy & Company does best. Combining nature, textiles and clay into works of art that you can wear, shoppers can easily browse the designer’s entire collection online. For those preferring a hands-on shopping experience, several local shops also sell Yummy & Company jewelry including Art & Artisan in Ellicott City, Mixed Greens in Annapolis and Paradiso in Hampden. Many pieces have a desirable vintage and antique look, which makes this shop’s fashionable accessories a great gift for both young and old.
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Diane Stillman Designs
200 Cross Keys Road, Suite 68
Baltimore, Md. 21210
Diane Stillman is a local artist creating elegant, stylish necklaces and earrings for women. Using semi-precious gemstones from around the globe, there is a distinct touch of harmony to her work that combines striking color combinations and fascinating textural features. Shells, vintage glass, sterling silver, pearls and crystals – Diane works confidently with a variety of beads to suit many tastes, so long as you’re looking for eye-catching jewelry that will fetch compliments anywhere you go. She also takes orders for custom designs and will set up an appointment for shoppers interested in viewing the jewelry in person.
501 N. Charles St.
Baltimore, Md. 21201
Gemstone beads, Swarovski crystals, pendants, plus cords, wire, chain and more at Beadazzled makes homemade jewelry easily attainable for the spirited crafter. There are even classes offered each month from the basics, like intro to beading, to more advanced techniques. However, if you’re seeking to buy homemade jewelry, that’s possible as well. Beautiful, inspirational pieces reflecting a wide variety of styles and tastes can be found in necklaces, bracelets and earrings. Additionally, a very unique piece of jewelry called “inro” can be purchased. This Japanese-inspired accessory hangs from the belt to hold small items and is sure to be a conversation starter on your next outing.
830 Aliceanna St.
Baltimore, Md. 21202
Since 1985, Amaryllis has been one of Baltimore’s best boutiques for handcrafted jewelry. Located downtown in Harbor East, the shop features new designers regularly and many of the pieces available in the store and online are limited edition. Necklaces, bracelets, earrings, rings, purses and more are posted frequently on the Facebook page, making it easy for the busy shopper to stay informed on the latest designs available. Whether you’re looking for a piece that is glamorous or low-key, you’ll find nothing but fabulous accessories at Amaryllis all year long.
Theresa Carson Jewelry
Handcrafting cufflinks, earrings, rings, necklaces and bracelets for more than 21 years in her Baltimore studio, Theresa Carson has produced an extensive line of sleek, contemporary jewelry using sterling silver. The composition of each design is reflective of modernity mixed with simplicity, and yet not without a subtle but defiant edge to it – creating a very sophisticated accessory for the wearer. Some designs also feature different colors of semi-precious stones for accent. Theresa Carson Jewelry can be purchased online at www.artfulhome.com in addition to numerous galleries and stores in states across the U.S.
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