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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

704.365.3331

 

THE STORY

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

Since I was surrounded by nature growing up in Mississippi, I spent many afternoons in the outdoors hunting for arrowheads and other treasures which to this day play a 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.

Primarily self-taught, I attended Penland School of Craft to hone my Metal-smithing skills and haven't looked back, since! My handcrafted jewelry is mostly vintage, blending a bit of bohemian, free-spirit with the Southern elegance I was surrounded by as a child growing up in Mississippi.

  

"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

RECENT RAVES

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VISIT CHARLOTTE 2016
"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."