Narrative Jewelry by Nina Bagley

Cullowhee, North Carolina · 917 Sales


Narrative Jewelry by Nina Bagley

Cullowhee, North Carolina 917 Sales On Etsy since 2007

5 out of 5 stars

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5 out of 5 stars

dibobs on Oct 31, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

A necklace of incredible beauty - top quality stones including some of my favourites - the carnelian and rubies are glorious and the silver handmade elements are gorgeous. It has a power of its own. Thank you so much be assured it will be treasured. Xxdi


BeadsnChain on Oct 14, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Perfect for this nurse. It spoke to me and I just had to have it. Gorgeous work as always Nina.

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Paloma And Ollie on Oct 11, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

This necklace is such an interesting combination of turquoise and amber! I wear it with other turquoise necklaces for a layered effect. Nina's work is always constructed and finished out with attention to each detail. Her workmanship is impeccable, and her sense of design has such integrity. She always has a vision or theme that relates to poetry/nature. I own many peices by Nina and each one is special in an unusual way.

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I've been creating jewelry for what feels like most of my adult life; the selling of it for income began back in 1984, when I was living in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and doing free lance linen artwork and jewelry for a shop in town while my then-husband attended graduate school. After my sons were born in the mid to late 80's, I began having holiday open house jewelry sales, crafting hodgepodge jewelry as my toddler sons slumbered. After a divorce in 1990, I decided to make my jewelry hobby a full time career, and a true business was born.
Moving to the mountains of North Carolina in 1995 strongly influenced a huge change in the direction of my jewelry designs; ever since, I have focused more and more on the beauty of the natural world that surrounds me. I create pieces that speak figuratively and literally of the colors and textures of water, plants and flowers, stones, wood, roots, nests, bones, minerals, and the creatures that frequent my world. a move in 2005 deep into the countryside near the entrance to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park - 15 minutes away - fed my hunger for treasure that was found washed up on river shores, as well as for the natural color hues that shifted with each changing season. another 8 years later, in 2013, I moved even farther out into the rural countryside, to the architectural antique-filled log cabin that my parents constructed in 1999 for use as a vacation home. Perched on the edge of a hill in a thickly forested stretch of land, with a stream running through the bottom of the property, this cabin felt as loving and familiar as a dear old friend. i named it Heart Rock Hill, after hanging the wooden plaque bearing those words that I had an artist make for me at the NYC Gift market all the way back in 1996.
My two beautiful sons, Robin and Roy, are now grown and living in far flung places that they call home; in April of this year, Roy married a beautiful gal named Lindsey, and it is lovely to finally have a daughter in the family. I live at Heart Rock Hill alone with my beloved seven year old Springer Spaniel, Walter, and the two of us manage to get out at least once daily for a quiet walk through the woods and to a little open meadow. it is a simple practice in meditation to work here out of my home, in a studio that was carved out of the downstairs garage. a wall of windows looks out into nothing but rocks and trees; I've seen deer stroll past, and families of turkeys. an elk once happened upon Walter and me, just down the dirt road. all of this, I'm sure you will see, is evident in my work. I use quotes from poetry, or words of my own, hammered and engraved into warm sterling and weathered brass surfaces. stones that reflect this love of nature are incorporated into a gathering of other natural materials, to be worn at pulse point or next to the heart. Those who have been collecting my work all these years speak of its calming effect on their own spirit, of the deep spiritual energy that it radiates. this pleases me; I want my quiet message of peace and calm and hope for all things good to be at the very core of what I do. and I hope to be able to continue creating art with my hands until I am so old that I am content to simply sit and watch the sun set slowly behind a bank of trees. and I hope that my work will live on, long after my physical body has wound down.

"Let the beauty of what you love be what you do". - Rumi


Shop policies

Last updated on July 7, 2012
i take great pride in each and very item that i design and make, and place great stock in the person who decides to purchase and own one of these pieces. i feel that my designs are destined for that person, and for that reason i do not take any returns, other than a need for repair to return to the owner. i hope you'll understand and respect this decision.

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payment upon ordering; if not paid within two days, i'll have to relist. let's avoid that.
no taxes. included in price.
items are shipped priority post; if you feel the need for insurance, please convo me and i'll adjust charges. i take care to wrap things with love, but cannot be responsible for things lost or damaged in transit.
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