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Laura James Jewelry at Cotswold Marketplace

*New Location*
Laura James Jewelry
at Cotswold Marketplace

200 North Sharon Amity Road Charlotte, NC 28211




Growing up in Mississippi surrounded by a culture rich in tradition and history, jewelry artisan Laura Schmelzer James was enamored even as child with antique jewelry, fascinated most by the stories and history attached to each piece in her Grandmother's vintage jewelry box.

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

With nature in abundance all around her, afternoons were often spent digging for arrowheads and uncovering petrified wood, always keeping an eye out for anything with sparkle, like the first amethyst geode her father gave her on their annual trip to the local rock and mineral show.

It would be years later, in 2005, that Laura would turn her childhood hobby of reworking her own jewelry with her father's tools into a jewelry career... the very organic stones and vintage components that alluded her as a child taking center stage. To this day, Laura James's one of a kind handmade jewelry collections blend a bit of bohemian free-spirit with a timeless, Southern touch. 


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."