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SweeTribe is the work of Jenifer Bellefleur, Jewelry Artisan and GIA Certified Diamonds. I'm also thrilled that our studio, Uniquely Yours Custom Designed Jewelry in Minneapolis, Minnesota...has been voted City Pages Best Of 2016 "Place to Buy Jewelry..." Given the vast array of choices in this field, to be voted best in an organic way by our passionate customers is AMAZING!

The passion of billions of years of geological history culminating in a sparkling diamond or gemstone makes artisan jewelry a most appropriate keepsake for these special occasions, man to woman, woman to partner, sister, mother, daughter or friend, and of course--choosing something for ourselves that resonates with us and helps keep us centered. These are the art objects of sweeTribe jewelry.

Are you local? Shop my collections at Gallery 360 in Edina. I am a full time…

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  • Female
  • Born on July 26
  • Joined August 11, 2011

Favorite materials

Rough Diamonds, Rose Gold, Sapphires, Pink Anything, Love

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About

SweeTribe is the work of Jenifer Bellefleur, Jewelry Artisan and GIA Certified Diamonds. I'm also thrilled that our studio, Uniquely Yours Custom Designed Jewelry in Minneapolis, Minnesota...has been voted City Pages Best Of 2016 "Place to Buy Jewelry..." Given the vast array of choices in this field, to be voted best in an organic way by our passionate customers is AMAZING!

The passion of billions of years of geological history culminating in a sparkling diamond or gemstone makes artisan jewelry a most appropriate keepsake for these special occasions, man to woman, woman to partner, sister, mother, daughter or friend, and of course--choosing something for ourselves that resonates with us and helps keep us centered. These are the art objects of sweeTribe jewelry.

Are you local? Shop my collections at Gallery 360 in Edina. I am a full time jewelry designer and Vice President at renowned custom jewelry studio, Uniquely Yours Custom Designed Jewelry in Linden Hills, Minnesota. I am also an ongoing student at the Gemological Institute of America, and am currently certified in several areas of the Graduate Gemology program.


WHO IS SWEETRIBE?

Sweet Tribe jewelry is the artisan collection of Jenifer Bellefleur; I first handcrafted jewelry many years ago to create lasting keepsakes worthy of handing down to my own daughter; since then my passion for creating extraordinary objects from timeless elements has driven me to combine the richest materials into stunning first generation heirlooms. With my background in both business (I have my Masters from Augsburg College in Minneapolis) and art (I've worked as a photographer and in other mediums as well) I'm ideally positioned to bring your dreams and the ancient world's most precious materials together to create a custom piece for you.

FUN FACT: You would never have guessed that I'm a veteran of the United States Army, and was an Explosive Ordinance Technician in the 80's. Seriously!


WHAT YOUR SWEETRIBE JEWELRY IS MADE FROM:

Sweet Tribe jewelry is created using precious metals including gold and silver, paired with precious and semi-precious gemstones. Your jewelry is the ultimate combination of modern art and ancient material, since gemstones are millions and even billions of years old. Silver and gold cannot be "made," although alloys that employ them can; they are elements that are as old as the earth itself--they are known as the Metals of Antiquity for a reason. While the fluid and sometimes simple designs feel contemporary, the primordial nature of gemstones and pure metals connect the wearer through time to the very beginnings of the natural world. Since the origins of humanity, people have been using these same beautiful materials to adorn themselves and honor their Gods, thus SWEET TRIBE aligns the modern woman with the mythic.


HOW YOUR JEWELRY IS MADE:

Each piece begins with the love of a stone.

Gemstones that resonate exceptional aesthetic appeal for me are selected, gems that embody luxury while embracing the rustic character of the natural world from which they're drawn. From the stones themselves evolve designs that showcase their finest qualities, with an eye towards wabi-sabi; the Japanese art of finding beauty in imperfection, and embracing the bloom of time. Each piece represents the organic collision of natural materials, ancient metals, and fresh, elegant ideas so vibrant that they sometimes keep me awake at night.


WHAT IS HOLISTIC JEWELRY? Holistic means emphasizing the organic or functional relationship between parts and the whole. Sweet Tribe is about more than the consumer appeal of the finished product. I strive to obtain materials from small businesses, so that each purchase helps keep an individual economically self-sustaining. Gold and silver are always recycled, and many diamonds are reclaimed. The methods used are always the simplest, regardless of the time or effort involved, to minimize negative environmental impacts. Holistic means caring about every material used and every process, and considering the impacts of those materials and processes on the larger systems they come from and ultimately travel to--you, the wearer. What could be more elegant?



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