Cincinnati, Ohio · 292 Sales



Cincinnati, Ohio 292 Sales On Etsy since 2010

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Tara Lea Smith

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Tara Lea Smith


New bridal jewelry just added! Go check it out! There is also a great sale going on! 20% off any order, NO MINIMUM!
Perfect for this fall and winter season! This bohemian tribal inspired necklace will definitely brighten up your wardrobe!
"Margarita" is a new necklace on sale! Go check it out and find some matching earrings in my new "Under 25" section!


Tara Lea Smith Jewelry

I graduated from Miami University with a B.S. in Art Education and an academic minor in Art History in 2009. Besides being a jewelry fanatic and bling creator, my full-time job is as an art teacher at a local high school in Cincinnati, Ohio. I think I have the coolest job ever as I get to have fun teaching students all the cool things about art, watch them grow as artists and create amazing masterpieces, and what creative careers are out there that they can possibly venture into!

I never thought I would have such a huge passion for fashion (as I used to be pretty modest with my jewelry, only a small pendant hanging around my neck) but I do and I love the fact that I'm able to still be an artist and make some extra income by selling my work while working full time as an art teacher also. Art has always been a huge passion of mine and if it weren't for my grandmother (who got me started into making jewelry) and my fabulous art teachers, this shop never would've opened. Can't forget my husband pushed me to do it also! He's a big supporter of my work along with our two lovely little jewelry and bling lovers, Brooklyn and Holly. They love trying on my work before it gets sent out, just kidding!

I hope that you find something original and one of a kind as I rarely create the same necklace, bracelet, or earrings again. Everything here is unique and I can guarantee you won't find it anywhere else. ;) My line is inspired by all things antique and vintage, the roaring 20's, wildness of the 60's to rustic aged metals and historic architecture. I find inspiration around me everywhere... from walking around in historic Over The Rhine (here in Cincinnati, Ohio) to view some of the last surviving Italianate architecture to the Abstract Expressionist action paintings of Jackson Pollock.

All antique and vintage components are hand picked and are of the highest quality. I either find pieces locally, from my recent travels across the states, or through auctions. I use several different jewelry making and construction techniques and always strive to create the best product possible. Sometimes soldering is even included in some things that I do just to get the right look on a piece! If you are ever interested in a custom piece, please feel free to contact me on Etsy. Until then, enjoy looking through my work and contact me if you have any questions. :)

My work has been used in several local fashion shows from local Cincinnati designers, such as Amy Kirchen and Pretty Penguin Studios. I have also worked with Lubna Designs in Columbus and created several exclusive designs for her Fall and Winter 2013 line that went to New York Fashion Week and Columbus Fashion Week.

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  • Tara Lea Smith

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator

    Jewelry fanatic and bling lover, swarovski crystal obsessed, high school art teacher, and mud thrower (I love wheel throwing!).

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