The Family Jewels started as a creative outlet and group hobby for our family and has blossomed into much more. We started by learning basic jewelry techniques and when we started most of what we made looked pretty similar with same styles and mostly consisted of our favorite colors. We started going to local craft shows to try to lighten some of the inventory this hobby was piling up in our homes and were amazed by the responses we received. It seemed our customers loved our creations as much as we did, so before we knew it we were at gem shows and combing through catalogs and online sites finding new supplies with which to make more jewelry. And so we did more shows, sold more jewelry and then continued to restock our supplies so that we could create more. And as we were doing all of this, the way we made and styled jewelry changed for each of us. Now our individual personalities and skills are displayed in every piece we make lending to a very eclectic and unique collection.
Wilma Edwards- Wilma first started creating her own jewelry during a visit with her sister, Wanda. She quickly developed a classic style using lots of gemstones and high quality fire-polished glass to give each of her pieces sparkle and attention getting shine. From her elegant drop earrings to her intricate woven bracelets to her beaded pendant necklaces she chooses each stone and accent with care ensuring that whatever piece is chosen it is sure to make the woman wearing it feel beautiful.
Mixed Media Genius
Denise LaRue- Denise has a great eye for mixing everything from watch parts, to motherboards, antique jewelry and beads, bits of metal and any thing else that catches her attention into beautiful one of kind steampunk masterpieces. Her unique mix of mechanical and feminine make these conversation pieces wearable by anyone to set off their individual style.
Easily Distracted Sculpturist
Jess Edwards- Jess likes to move from one style to another depending on what is inspiring her at any given time and whatever new technique she wants to learn. So far she has covered everything from nautical knots to chinese style weaving to day of the dead style jewelry. She always makes her way back to her specialty of sculpting polymer clay into detail filled necklaces and sculptures.