"Creating jewelry became a way for me to cope with my loss and keep moving forward. My jewelry has since become a way for me to convey confidence and strength..."
Welcome, my name is Emma. I am the goldsmith behind Emma Elizabeth Jewelry. My studio is based in Grand Rapids, Michigan where I design and craft each piece of jewelry by hand, using traditional metalsmithing skills.
Metalsmithing was introduced to me after an unbelievable tragedy happened in my life that will stay with me forever. A loved one who meant so much to me was taken to glory. Creating jewelry became a way for me to cope with my loss and persevere. My jewelry has since turned into a way for me to convey confidence and strength, to express sincerity, and to remind you of your own uniqueness. His memory inspires and motivates me to take chances, to work hard, to be confident, to love, and to give back.
Emma Elizabeth Jewelry also specializes in bespoke jewelry, which is anything commissioned to a particular specification. I love the opportunity to create bespoke jewelry because it is a way for me to personally get to know you and hear your stories. Lately my focus has been bridal jewelry, including engagement rings, wedding bands and bridal party gifts.
Moving forward I have been planning to add a keepsake line of jewelry to my collection in honor of my loved one, it will be a way for YOU to hold a loved one within your grasp. Inquiries are welcome!
I was introduced to metalsmithing at Grand Valley State University. My eagerness and desire to learn more brought me to Florence, Italy in 2017 where I studied jewelry design, goldsmithing, and gemology. This journey has been one step at a time, slowly achieving my goals and putting forth my best effort. I could not have come this far without the help of you believing in my dream and wanting to see me succeed. Thank you for your continued encouragement, love and support, it means the world to me.
The ultimate goal for my designs is that it might encourage you to follow your dreams, to take chances, and to keep moving forward one step at a time. The bold lines, dimensional geometrics, and modern elegance of my collection are meant empower you to feel CONFIDENT, EDGY and UNIQUE.
I hope you can take a few moments to browse my collection and see what calls your name. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask. I love getting to know my clients, so please stop in and say hello by going to my contact page. Thanks again for checking in!
How to take care of your sterling silver jewelry:
Tarnishing or oxidation is a result of oxygen or sulfur coming into contact with sterling silver. Tarnished silver is duller and sometimes a dark color. Emma Elizabeth Jewelry works with .925 Sterling Silver and because of the higher purity, silver like this will tarnish more quickly. However, many of my pieces are intentionally oxidized to achieve the desired look for the design.
Sterling silver jewelry LOVES to be worn. Wearing your sterling silver jewelry can actually keep it from tarnishing! The natural oils from your skin actually protect and clean the silver. However, certain activities can cause your jewelry to lose its luster. Remove your jewelry before working out, taking a shower, swimming, cleaning, applying hairspray, putting on lotion or apply makeup.
Store your jewelry in an airtight jewelry box or in a plastic baggy, somewhere with low humidity. Save those silica packets that come in a new purse and place them in your jewelry box or plastic bag to keep the moisture out.
Polishing your jewelry is usually the best way to clean it. I recommend the Sunshine polishing cloth, you can easily find and purchase this cloth off of Amazon. Polishing your jewelry before it becomes too tarnished will minimize the amount of work needed. When polishing avoid areas that were intentionally oxidized as part of the design. I recommend buying the Sunshine polishing cloth immediately after your purchase of sterling silver jewelry.
It is pretty simple, following these guidelines of how to store, wear and clean your jewelry will dramatically prolong the life of your jewelry.