1212 The Plaza
Charlotte, NC 28205
This award-winning shop in the Plaza-Midwood neighborhood is full of gorgeous handmade jewelry by local artists including Beadlush owner Lydia Stern. If you can’t find just what you want, the staff here will custom design a piece using the beads and stones you choose. Or make a piece of jewelry yourself. Beadlush carries one of the area’s widest selections of beads, including pearls of all colors, Czech glass, Swarovski crystals, natural stones, seed beads including Miyuki delicas and many unique vintage beads, as well as findings and chains in a wide range of metals, plus any other supplies you might need to create your own work of art. The shop offers over 40 different classes by experts to help you get started.
3206 N. Davidson St.
Charlotte, NC 28205
This small NoDa shop run by husband-and-wife team Katie McFadden and Lee Lally is the go-to spot for many Charlotteans looking for hand-crafted jewelry. Lee, one of the city’s top jewelry designers, is noted for his gorgeous engraving and detail work. He has designed pieces for most of Charlotte’s top jewelry emporiums including Central Avenue Jewelry, Perry’s at Southpark, Donald Haack Fine Jewelry and Lions of Southpark, and studied metalwork at the Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts in San Francisco, one of the world’s top jewelry schools. The original designs Lee and Katie create in collaboration with their customers combine many techniques and styles, from sleek modern looks to antique filigree and art nouveau. Many include heirloom stones that customers want reset. While custom design pieces, which are previewed first using wax models and 3-D computer technology, may run as much as $1,500 or more. Custom also stocks a variety of ready-to-go sterling silver rings, bracelets and baubles of unique design that start as low as $10.
1419 East Blvd., Suite K
Charlotte, NC 28203
Inspired by a life-long love of antique jewelry, Laura creates one-of-a-kind jewelry with a vintage look, each piece made completely by hand. Her designs have appeared in numerous publications and major motion pictures, and are sold at boutiques across the country. She will also create custom pieces, and particularly enjoys reworking customers’ heirloom jewelry. The pieces on display in her sunny second-floor Dilworth shop include many reasonably priced items, most under $100, as well as a selection of jewelry handmade by other Charlotte artists.
1630 E. Woodlawn Road, Suite 287
Charlotte, NC 28209
The knowledgeable staff assembled by owner Dale Lynn at Metal & Stone combines techniques and expertise from around the world to create one-of-a-kind jewelry crafted by hand. Customers seeking a custom design are included in every stage of the process, from hand-drawn sketches, to 3-D computer models, to wax models, to casting, stone setting and final polishing, and receive a DVD of the process along with the finished piece. While most of its work is “bespoke,” Metal & Stone also offers a selection of unique handmade pieces for sale in its showroom, where you can watch craftsmen at work on a video feed. The shop, located in ParkTowne Village across from Park Road Shopping Center, also offers jewelry and watch repair, hand engraving and free appraisals, as well as a complimentary jewelry cleaning for new customers.
1523 Elizabeth Ave., Suite 120
Charlotte, NC 28204
One of Charlotte’s top art galleries, Red Sky relocated from Dilworth to a sleek new home in Elizabeth. In the 6,000-square-foot space, owner Kellie Scott displays the works of some 400 artists from around the country, including more than three dozen who specialize in jewelry design. Each piece is unique and made by hand. Most of the jewelry designs are cleanly modern, and many include semi-precious gemstones.
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