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JulieNolanJewelry

julienolanjewelry@gmail.com

Greenville, South Carolina · 3802 Sales

JulieNolanJewelry

julienolanjewelry@gmail.com

Greenville, South Carolina 3802 Sales On Etsy since 2010

4.5 out of 5 stars
(796)

Announcement   Welcome to Julie Nolan Jewelry. There is now FREE SHIPPING on all US orders!
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We have new pieces up in our shop. Check out Hand Forged Classics and Chain Classics.
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Thank you for your patronage and supporting a small business.
best,
Julie

Announcement

Last updated on Jun 8, 2016

Welcome to Julie Nolan Jewelry. There is now FREE SHIPPING on all US orders!
*****************************************************************************************
We have new pieces up in our shop. Check out Hand Forged Classics and Chain Classics.
********************************************************************************************
Check us out and follow us on Instagram: https://instagram.com/julienolanjewelry
Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JulieNolanJewelry
Follow us on Twitter: @julienolanjewel
Follow us on Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/julienolanjewel
Follow us on Tumbler: julienolanjewelry.tumblr.com
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Thank you for your patronage and supporting a small business.
best,
Julie

Julie Nolan

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Julie Nolan

Juanita, 14KT Gold Filled Round Wire Ring
$26.00
Striped Fluorite Crystal Driftwood Mobile
$160.00
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About

All the stars in the sky...

I started creating jewelry 10 years ago in my studio apartment on the lower east side of Manhattan. I was working as a makeup artist for print, doing fashion week in New York and Paris, and I had a regular position doing make up in the education department at Bumble and Bumble. I lived in a studio apartment in an old tenement in Chinatown south of Hester on Essex. I never fancied myself a painter, but it was part of my romantic ideal to come to New York to make art, so at night instead of being a bar fly, I stayed home and did a lot of "charming". Most of my early work involved intricately strung brass chain and tiny charms that I would find at the midtown home jeweling mecca Metalliferous. I would occasionally sell my charm necklaces at small group shows that I set up with my friends, but mostly they hung on the wall of my bathroom to be admired as decorative objects.

In 2008 I enrolled in a 9-month comprehensive jewelry course in Gramercy Park called Studio Jewelers. There I learned the basics of metalsmithing from casting, to enameling, etching... the whole book. Armed with my new skills I began working in the production studio of Aesa jewelry where I learned how to apply my knowledge to large-scale production jobs of beautiful handmade objects.

As the economy turned south in 2009 I lost my freelance job at Bumble and I found myself with a beautiful newborn baby girl and no source of regular income as freelance makeup gigs became more and more scant. Taking inspiration from Alexis Bitar, who started out selling his designs on the streets of Soho, I began doing the weekend street fair circuit in New York City. This was humbling but it forced my hand and tightened my chops as a producer, marketer, and seller of my own Jewelry. I built a studio in the kitchen of my Greenpoint apartment and was soon putting my husband Pete behind the bench to help renew inventory of the items that were selling well. At this point my Jewelry business became a team effort.

We came up with our first collection of zodiac constellation jewelry for the Columbus Circle Holliday Market. They were an instant hit! Pete was at home during the day drilling the holes in each piece freehand to replenish our table that was being sold out every day. We started selling to the iconic jewelry boutique Catbird in Williamsburg and from there our wholesale business blossomed. At the height of our Greenpoint kitchen production studio we made 3000 bracelets in 4 weeks for an order with a large retailer. It nearly killed us.

In the early spring of 2012, with heavy hearts we cashed in our chips as New Yorkers in pursuit of greener pastures in Northampton, Massachusetts. We now have a proper production studio overlooking the Mill River in Florence. We've refined our pieces quite a bit over the years, finding new ways to improve upon our original designs to ensure that each piece of jewelry is made to our exact specifications and will wear well over time. Rather than drilling each piece individually we now work with a photo etching company to have the holes for each constellation put into flat sheets of brass before they arrive at our studio to be polished and assembled by us. Before a piece can be shipped it must be sent to our plater where it gets a protective gold overlay or gold/sterling silver plate to protect against tarnishing.

The Etsy community has always been a cornerstone of our business and we’re grateful to all of you for your support and feedback over the years. Please keep an eye on our shop as we’ve got some exciting new designs on the way, including pieces of kinetic sculpture for your home, as well as new variations of the designs you’ve come to love over the years that hearken back to my roots in the Chinatown studio where I was merely “charming”.

Keep your eyes on the stars!

Julie Nolan, Fall 2013

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Shop members

  • Julie and Pete Nolan

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator, Photography, Shipping, Etc.

    Born and raised in Northern CA, jewelry designer Julie Nolan was a successful makeup artist in NYC for 10 years before demand created a career out of an artistic hobby. Her business has grown from humble beginnings in her kitchen.

  • Julie Nolan

    Owner, Maker, Designer

    Julie Nolan is in charge of production, shipping, e-mails, finishing, assembling and most importantly design of each piece of Julie Nolan Jewelry. Julie spends her free time convincing her 4 year old that she's a Unicorn through interpretive dance.

  • Pete Nolan

    Owner, Maker, Photographer

    Pete Nolan drills holes, cuts chain, squints at jump rings, pulls tape across boxes, takes pictures, sends emails, goes fast, and admires jewelry. He is a Gemini and in his free time plays guitar with Spectre Folk and drums with Magik Markers.

Manufacturers

  • Photo Etching Company

    Lincoln Park, RI, United States

    Veteran Owned Small Business (VOSB) All products are 100% handmade in the USA. Foremost leader in the decorative photo etching process.

  • Plater

    Lincoln Park, RI, United States

    Founded in 1964 as a family business. A top notch professional plater.

  • Bracelet Former

    Cranston, RI, United States

    A family run business that makes raw materials for jewelers.

  • Jewelry casting

    Rhode Island, United States

    Small family run business that specializes in mold making and jewelry casting.

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