Based in Salem, VA; Stella Jewelry is a collaboration of English and American Style.
For myself (Roxy, the English one) I never enjoyed doing things alone but one day I felt the need to do something for myself by myself. I took a trip to our quaint downtown area and into an amazing bead shop. Here I was able to create a piece that I designed and that I truly loved. I was also able to incorporate my European style and influences and make something that was one of a kind. Although I like to follow fashion and wear whatever is “in” at the moment, I think it is very important to always put your personality into your style and handmade jewelry is a perfect way to do this. Over the last three years I have learnt a lot about the technique of hand making jewelry and my collections have evolved.
For me, Tricia, (the American one) I had also visited the bead shop and was creating things for myself and my family. As a teacher, I love arts and being creative so jewelry making seemed to be the perfect creative outlet. I love travelling and picking up beads and jewelry elements that represent all the places that I have been.
While working our part-time job we were admiring each other’s pieces and discovered our love for handmade jewelry and the downtown bead store.
We began comparing pieces and shopping together finding unique and vintage pieces. Now almost 4 years later we have decided we want to share our passion with everyone.
As our tag line states we design “jewelry inspired by the stars”. By ‘Stars’ we are not limiting our inspiration to that of celebrities but also to the stars in our life. It simply could be an idol like mine, Coco Chanel, or the Star Soccer player (we have many school spirit pieces) or the star in your family who has overcome breast cancer, like Tricia’s Aunt. We have even found inspiration from places we have traveled, New York City is always inspirational and we got some great ideas from the beauty of Colorado.
If you have a special ’star’ in your life we would be happy to create a special piece for you.