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Charlotte Agenda Featuring Laura James!

We're beyond appreciative of the fantastic article Charlotte Agenda just did on Laura James! It goes like this...

 

 Charlotte Agenda features Laura James

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Laura James of Laura James Jewelry

MAKERS
Meet the woman who makes jewelry out of shotgun shells
By Mary Gross | November 13, 2015
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I first heard of Laura James when my cute boyfriend bought me one of her handmade bracelets. I went to get the bracelet resized and was shocked at what I saw: beautiful, handmade jewelry that didn’t cost more than my rent.

(Seriously, she has pieces for $30. That’s like, only three salads and five caramels from Chopt.)

Not only are Laura’s pieces affordable, her store is also super laidback. Laura James Jewelry is basically the only jewelry store I feel comfortable going into wearing my typical outfit of jeans and a Bojangles’ T-shirt (besides maybe Claire’s).

Laura opened her shop in 2005. Laura James Jewelry is tucked away in Dilworth in the same complex as Something Classic. I met with Laura (who has an adorable Mississippi accent, by the way) to ask her some questions and touch all of her jewelry. Here’s what I learned:

My first question for Laura was “Why did you decide to open your shop in Dilworth?”

Laura James: “I feel like it really makes sense for what I do. My pieces have a handcrafted, artisan feel and this neighborhood understands that. Dilworth is also historic and a lot of the pieces I use are vintage. This is a good spot for me.”

Next, I asked Laura how she got her start in the jewelry making business.

Laura explained that she has memories of sitting on her bed and taking apart jewelry with her dad’s tools. Later in life she started making jewelry again, this time with her own tools. She said that people would stop her on the street and ask her where she got her pieces. That’s when she knew she had found her niche.

Laura then decided to go to Penland School of Crafts in Asheville to study metalworking. Although, disappointingly, she did not learn how to make spoons and guns, she did hone her jewelry making skills. But then Laura surprised me by saying that metalworking is only a small part of what she does. Apparently her specialty is reworking antique jewelry as well as turning random objects into wearable pieces. Laura took me around her shop to show me what she meant.

Laura has a ton of other odd knickknacks in her workshop that she plans to turn into pieces. I saw some antique charms and a piece of broken pearl that I’m pretty excited to see transformed.

At the end of our conversation Laura looked at me and said, “I want to have pieces that no one’s ever seen before.”

I’m pretty sure she’s achieved that.

The remainder of this article will serve as my Christmas list for my friends and family.

FULL ARTICLE HERE: 

https://www.charlotteagenda.com/25170/meet-the-woman-who-makes-jewelry-out-of-shotgun-shells/

 

Laura James Jewelry interior by Laura James

Laura James Jewelry in Charlotte Wedding Fall/Winter 2012
Charlotte Wedding Spring/Summer 2012 Front Cover!

 

 Charlotte Wedding's Spring/Summer 2012 Issue just hit newsstands and we're thrilled to see Laura James Jewelry's Vintage Paste Rhinestone Brooch Pendant Necklace on this issues' cover!  

See Selections from Laura James Jewelry's Couture Collection inside Charlotte Wedding's "Secret Garden" Editorial: p. 60-69 

Laura James Jewelry: Vintage Paste Rhinestone Brooch Pendant Necklace and Vintage Gold Ball Crystal Octagon Earrings 

 

 

See More Laura James Jewelry inside Charlotte Wedding's Spring/Summer 2012 Issue:

Fashion Editorial, "Out of the Blue" p. 24

Laura James Jewelry: Fynn Cuff, Iris Cocktail Ring and Belle Earrings



Photos Courtesy of Charlotte Wedding Spring/Summer 2012 Issue




I Want....FashionRooftop.com
Laura James' New Artisan Collection

Charlotte Shop Talk
BY ASHLEY E. HOTHAM


Local sought after jewelry designer, Laura James, has recently added new designers into her line to complement her vintage-inspired, handcrafted collections—and to bolster smaller independent designers.

James’ artisan collection includes a vermeil and semiprecious collection with aqua chalcedony, labordarite, and smoky topaz; and a hand-hammered 14k gold-filled hoop earring collection, which is available in rose and yellow gold, and silver.

Another new accessory line, includes a selection of handmade linen and vintage-lined jewelry rolls. These pieces are perfect for travel and make great bridesmaids’ gifts. And there’s more to come. James says she will be bringing in more designers over the next few months.

Where you can find it: 1419 East Blvd., Ste. K; 704-372-1267

     

CLT Wedding: Southern Style

 

 

CLT WEDDING FALL 2011 ISSUE FEATURES INCLUDING LAURA JAMES JEWELRY 

 Laura James Jewelry's Ashleigh Necklace Featured on Front Cover

 

 

 

"Natural Beauty"

 

 

 






 

 

 

 

 

 Laura James Jewelry featured in CLT Wedding's "Natural Beauty" Editorial: p.64 Vintage Amethyst Ashleigh Necklace $262, p.65 Holden Necklace, LJJ Vintage Cocktail Ring, Mecklenburg Stud Earrings, p.66/67 Gingko Necklace $128, p.68 Holden Necklace $218, Mecklenburg Stud Earrings $68, p.68 Vintage Iron Work + White Japanese Beaded Chain Necklace $118, p.71 Lettie Cocktail Ring $62 and Florence Necklace



"Madly In Love"

Laura James Jewelry featured in CLT Wedding's "Madly in Love" Editorial: Vintage Green Lucite Earrings $264, Petra Necklace $246, Vintage Earrings $50, Carlyle Cocktail Ring $62





 "Stunning Stones"

Laura James Jewelry's Julia Necklace $194 featured in CLT Wedding's "Stunning Stones" Feature

 

 





Grad Gift Guide: Charm Necklaces

 

Laura James Jewelry's Charm Necklaces featured on Scoopcharlotte.com's 2011 Grad Grad Gift Ideas & Suggestions from around town. 

                                                          
 
 
 
Charlotte Magazine "White Now": May 2011

 

Laura James Jewelry's Lucie Necklace......Must Have it "White Now"

Check Out Laura James Jewelry's "Lucie Necklace" $152 featured on p.28 of Charlotte Magazine's "White Now" Editorial Feature!






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