© Emily Alexander
© Emily Alexander
I scavenge local and state-wide thrift stores, as well as estate and garage sales, at least once a week. I find pieces that inspire me and then transform them into something else. I have studied various forms of design since I was a child and have my own
curated vintage jewelry collection.
A bit of love and some new accents
bring life to old items.
Brand new compositions
It is hard to resist pieces made from predominantly new materials. Although they are not Salvaged Styles, these Fresh Gems are built with mainly fair trade beads, most from a local bead supplier. Some still include secondhand elements. These are the easiest designs to recreate if a pair is out of stock, as I have repeat access to many of the materials.
gold gold gold
I usually use gold-toned metal for those who love a warm aesthetic. I have become someone who only wears gold. The hooks are mainly hypoallergenic metal
(sometimes I find packages of new hooks at thrift stores and don't know what the metal consists of)
but please inquire for
metal sensitivity substitutions.
Upon request, I can recreate a similar style of earring, or design a whole new one with hypoallergenic metal such as sterling silver.
See Blueberry Drop or Algae as examples.
Work toward ethical and individual
I believe in working toward less waste in production, and toward more support of local sustainability. To accomplish this in my own business I shop at many surrounding thrift stores for unique and repurposable items, such as the featured Tigre d'Or and Willow Bird earrings. Using thrifted and small-batch beads, most of which are fair trade, means that every pair is unique. Except when I'm able to make some multiples because I have enough beads, or I'm able to restock my supply of fair trade beads from a local store.