I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday and enjoyed spending it with your loved ones — I know I did! I also hope that if you ventured out in the shopping extravaganza that was Black Friday, that you were safe and able to score some good deals on your family’s must-have items. However, as exciting as deals from big box stores are, there are plenty of small businesses in West Virginia where you can find the “must-have” gift for each person on your list. This holiday season, I’d like to challenge you to shop local, purchasing at least one West Virginia made item for every mass market item you buy. And I’d like to start that challenge by sharing with you some of my favorite Made in West Virginia items.
Originally, I was going to do a long post and lump everything together but oh my — there’s so many great items that I couldn’t narrow it down! So I am going to break it up into two sections that will feature locally made items for everyone on your wish list, especially those who may be hard to buy for. I simply cannot include every artisan, no matter how spectacular they are, but I do promise to give you a highlight of offerings for that special lady in your life regarding jewelry and fashion.
This first Made in WV post is for the fashionista in your life — your daughter, your sister, your wife, your mother, your friend. These are some of my favorite jewelry pieces and I know from experience that they make the perfect gift. If you have someone on your list who likes to express her personality through her jewelry, then these are perfect!
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If your giftee is…. Quirky and Unique
The Queen of Arts-Curiosities by Adrienne
Funky and expressive, The Queen of Arts creates wearable sculptures out of polymer clay. Her signature item is her colorful octopus followed closely by her vibrant owls. She also specializes in screen printing and mosaics and can do custom pieces.
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Judy Belcher Designs
Known worldwide as a master artisan in polymer clay, Judy Belcher creates intricate designs that are unlike anything you’ve ever seen before. Her attention to detail is reflected in the quality of her work and she offers something for everyone and at every point.
$$ – $$$$ Judy Belcher Designs
Always designing the unexpected, each jewelry line that Chrizart offers has a completely different personality. From twisted aluminum pendants to intricate brooches and copper wrist cuffs, your hardest decision will be choosing which line to purchase from.
$ – $$$ Chrizart Webpage
If your giftee is… Fresh and Simple
Connie McColley, Handmade Jewelry
Connie hand makes each piece of jewelry, starting with a sheet of metal and adding texture via hammers and and a rolling mill. The end result is an earthy, fresh piece of silver, copper, or brass. She offers a full line of jewelry from necklaces to bracelets to earrings.
$$ – $$$$ Connie McColley, Handmade Jewelry
A great selection of wire-wrapped and beaded jewelry, Emmers Jewelry is the perfect place for earrings that are a little bit quirky, a little bit earthy, and definitely a breath of fresh air. You can’t go wrong with one of her designs.
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If your giftee is… Classic and Elegant
WV Gems transforms rocks, gems, minerals, and even fossils into beautiful pieces of jewelry they wrap and design themselves. Their line offers a variety of styles from casual to formal and no two pieces are ever the same.
$$$ – $$$$ WV Gems
Teresa of TLH Jewelry dabbles in a bit of everything from pearls to gems to wood to hammered silver and each piece has one thing in common: their timeless designs. Whether your giftee prefers chunky statement necklaces, a pop of color in her earrings, or a classy strand of pearls, TLH jewelry has something for everyone.
$$ – $$$ Holcomb’s Woodworking / TLH Jewelry
Until next time,
Sara (WV Travel Queen)
Disclaimer: I may know and may own an item from the artisans listed in the above post. However, all opinions are my own and are not influenced in any form. Also, I do not own any of the photos listed above; they were all retrieved from the artisan’s website. Please let me know if there is any conflict and I will remove the photos.