MichelleLenaeJewelry

Bespoke, sustainable, handmade fine jewelry.

Seattle, Washington · 160 Sales

MichelleLenaeJewelry

Bespoke, sustainable, handmade fine jewelry.

Seattle, Washington 160 Sales On Etsy since 2008

5 out of 5 stars
(75)

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Last updated on Feb 21, 2017

ON A VACATION!! SHOP WILL REOPEN MARCH 3rd. THANKS FOR STOPPING BY!

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5 out of 5 stars
(75)
anatalio

anatalio on Feb 23, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

These were purchased for my by my boyfriend and I love them more than I thought I would. They're beautiful and it happened that we were sent one's with gold posts because there was no more ready to ship silver, which is even better because I normally only wear gold. Seems like it was meant to be! Thank you!

rebekahisenberg

rebekahisenberg on Jan 11, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

Michelle was very easy to work with- she communicated and kept me updated about every step of the process. I truly love the ring, and am planning on proposing to my boyfriend with it on the top of our favorite coastal mountain. Thanks Michelle! Your work will be treasured.

kg22

kg22 on Nov 19, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Michelle does amazing work! I have two pieces from her and I love them both. I will definitely be buying more!

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About

How I found my way to Jewelry fabrication

At a young age I discovered my passion for construction. While my mom attended church, I would sit in the office and construct paper models of cities out of index cards, paper clips and masking tape. Around 10 years of age I began beading and twine knotting making friendships for anyone I could. At 17 I moved to Seattle from California and started working at a bead shop in Pike Place Market, where my curiosity and wonderment for gemstones came alive.

In 2000 I began studying visual arts and explored my skills in painting, sculpture, ceramics and printmaking. Near the end of my 1st year of exploration I was finally able to get a spot in the coveted introduction to metals course taught by Mary Lee Hu. I was completely hooked after our first class and 2 years later I graduated with a BA in Interdisciplinary Visual Arts and a BFA in Metals and Jewelry fabrication.

I strive to push myself daily as an artist and metalsmith, furthering my education in a richly historic and fascinating field. I love exploring new metals, techniques and hypnotizing myself with stunning gemstones and minerals. Innately, I'm a hoarder (I blame it on my grandmother who doesn't have a blank space on her wall) so I end up collecting stones for years before I finally let them go and turn them into a piece of jewelry. One of my biggest inspirations is knowing that people will treasure their jewelry, hopefully for generations, and pass their treasures down to their children and grandchildren.

I source most of my gemstone found world-wide, from domestic suppliers who share the same passion for ethical business and trade practices. All gemstones are purchased either from US mines and International mines that work as transparent and conscious as they can to mine and trade responsibly and sustainably. All metals I use are 100% recycled either purchased from a refiner, or recycled in-house by me. I offer my clients in-house recycling/reclaiming and re-purposing of their old jewelry.

I believe that jewelry is an expression, not just an accessory. It is art that adorns the body expressing history, culture, tradition, hope, friendship and love. It's because of those things that creating my work with lasting integrity is paramount in my fabrication process.

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  • Michelle Lenae

    Owner, Jewelry Artist And Goldsmith, Designer

    I am a California native but Seattle is my home. I love the gorgeous transitions between seasons, i love the mountains and am an avid snowboarder, my favorite rock at the moment is uvarite & I am thankful that LOVE what I do for a living.

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