GretchenColeJewelry

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Buffalo, New York

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Handcrafted casually elegant jewelry designs with mixed metals and natural gemstones. Made in Buffalo, NY.

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Last updated on Jan 18, 2021

Please visit my website https://gretchencole.com/ ................................................................
Handcrafted casually elegant jewelry designs with mixed metals and natural gemstones. Made in Buffalo, NY.

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About GretchenColeJewelry

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On Etsy since 2010

Finding my passion

Years after leaving my marketing job to be an at-home mom, I became restless and needed to fill a void, release some energy, be creative, contribute to my family income and still be available for my family. I started out knitting (a talent taught to me by my beloved mother-in-law) and felting bags, hats and mittens, but found that I while I enjoyed the process and the outcome, people didn't want to spend money on the finished product.

Switching gears, I decided to learn how to make jewelry. I have always loved gemstones and minerals - digging garnets out of the granite boulders near my home as a child, collecting rocks, sea glass and other found object my whole life. I wanted to showcase them in their most natural state through jewelry, but in an everyday, casually elegant kind of way. I'm a low maintenance kind of gal and I want that to be the kind of jewelry I create - something for women to put on, live in and love.

Hours and hours of scouring the library, bookstores and online, I taught myself simple beading and wire working techniques. Once one skill was under my belt, I learned another and another, slowly acquiring the tools and materials necessary to create what I wanted.

I absolutely fell in love with the alchemy of working with metal - taking an inert piece of metal and applying heat, hammer or solution to transform it into something beautiful, functional and wearable. I try to create jewelry which highlights the natural beauty of gemstones, using mixed metals to be the backdrop and letting the gemstones shine in as much of a natural state as possible.

I feel blessed to be able to have found my passion - working with my hands to create beautiful jewelry, celebrate the earth's treasures and work out of my home. I have so much to learn and can't wait to see how my art evolves over the years.

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  • Gretchen Cole

    Owner, Maker, Designer

    I am a self taught jewelry designer, handcrafting simple, delicate jewelry with a twist. I make pieces that I want to wear and have a timelessness in their style, not riding the wave of current trends. I love working with metal and natural gemstones.

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