Did you know the majority of the jewelry at both The Shoe Hive and The Hive is handcrafted right here in the United States? Individual artists make all of the jewelry featured in this post, and their pieces show their unique personalities and backgrounds. So while the artists are each inspired by different events, places in the world, and time periods, they all share one thing in common: each piece is made with love in the United States. Our stores are proud to help promote these artists and sell their beautiful pieces. We’re even more proud when our customers are truly happy after they purchase a fabulous piece!
Established in 2006, Odette is a Brooklyn, New York-based jewelry line. All of the jewelry starts as a sketch designed by Jennifer Sarkilhti, the designer and a George Mason University graduate. Organic shapes, ancient symbols, and primitive forms inspire many of her designs. Her sketches of the jewelry are turned into hand carved wax forms, which are filled with the metal of choice and turned into her beautiful jewelry pieces.
INK + ALLOY is a line designed by Alyssa Cassatto and Gretchen Hollingsworth from Atlanta, Georgia. Their brand is all about creating pieces that make women feel empowered and celebrated for all that they are, without judgment. Each of their pieces is handmade and unique. The INK + ALLOY brand also employs women refugees from around the world, allowing them to build lives of dignity in Atlanta.
Twine and Twig pieces come from the designers Elizabeth Stafford and Jacquelyn Stafford Buckner’s childhood inspirations along the North Carolina coast. Their designs reflect their love for natural beauty around the world, as well as their southern roots. Every piece created is a one-of-a-kind art form that is hand crafted and finished with their signature suede strap.
Lizzie Fortunato jewelry is designed in and distributed from New York. Twin sisters Lizzie and Kathryn design a unique narrative for each piece of jewelry drawing inspiration from historical, architectural, and artistic references. Extreme care goes into the creation of each piece of jewelry. Skilled metalsmiths and seamstresses help to bring each piece to life. The time and effort put into each piece has not gone unnoticed: Lizzie Fortunato has been recognized twice as “one of the world’s most promising accessories lines.”
Tara Montgomery, from Charlottesville, Virginia, works as an oncology nurse by day and by night designs handmade jewelry with her husband in their free time after putting their children to bed. She aims to make simple but elegant jewelry pieces that are wearable for everyday occasions as well as special events. She will even work with an individual to create the perfect piece for a special event.
Jenny Thompson designs Theodosia jewelry in Charleston, South Carolina. Theodosia’s namesake comes from Jenny’s great, great grandmother. When she isn’t being a mother to her three young children, her designs, inspired by her childhood roadside jewelry stand and background in Art History, come alive. Her designs are often inspired by her travels and love for vintage jewelry. Each collection shows how her eclectic sense of style is constantly evolving.