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Laura James Jewelry New Location in Cotswold Marketplace

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Laura James Jewelry at Cotswold Marketplace

200 North Sharon Amity Road Charlotte, NC 28211




My Jewelry Journey began at a very early age where I was often elbow-deep in my Grandmother's white leather jewelry box, lured by the sparkles- but more so the stories and history attached to each piece. 

I was surrounded by nature growing up in Mississippi and spent many afternoons in the outdoors, hunting for arrowheads and other treasures (which to this day play a very large part in my jewelry collections). After many years working in Retail, Fashion Merchandising and Design, a memory of taking apart my jewelry with my father's tools encouraged me to give the idea a try. I was immediately hooked, and by 2005 I launched Laura James Jewelry with the organic stones and vintage components that alluded me as a child being the main focus. Over the years my jewelry style has evolved into blend of bohemian, free spirit with vintage, midcentury style.

Being primarily self-taught, I attended Penland School of Craft in Asheville to hone my Metal-smithing skills and by 2009 I had opened my flagship Laura James Jewelry Studio Boutique in Dilworth. 7 years later in 2016, I moved my retail jewelry operation to Cotswold Marketplace in Charlotte which is open Monday-Saturday 10am until 5pm.

Thank you for taking the time to learn about my jewelry business, and please drop by and say hello, soon!

-Laura James

"For me, jewelry preserves memories, much like music. The best part is...you can later hand those treasured memories down."

Laura James Jewelry Studio Boutique



"Located in Dilworth, Laura James’ personal studio is one of the city’s more unique jewelry outposts. James collected heirloom jewelry as a young girl, which sparked her interest in the history of vintage pieces. Hence, the incorporation of antique metal and stones in most of her trinkets. Whether she’s converting an old timepiece into a modern accessory or designing cutting-edge earrings, James’ creations are one of kind and crafted in-house."
 ZAGAT 2015
"Tucked into Dilworth’s Twin Oaks Shopping Center, this bright, glamorous studio and boutique is dedicated to handmade vintage-inspired jewelry...", from cocktail rings to statement necklaces to bejeweled metal cuff bracelets, all by designer Laura Schmelzer James. In addition to shopping the collection, you can customize your own baubles, and it also carries a small selection of pieces from other independent jewelers."