I began tinkering with metal and gems almost 20 years ago. I started on one tiny Ikea desk and eventually developed a full-on addiction that led to a total garage studio take-over. (Condolences to the hubs.)
Each piece is hand fabricated, one at a time, therefore one-of-a-kind. My goal is to maintain the delicate balance between fine workmanship and that unique character you can only find in true hand fabricated jewelry. I shamelessly stalk independent lapidary artisans all over the globe and spend most of my income collecting their fair trade, hand-cut stones. I'm also mindful about using green materials when possible; i.e. reclaimed, up-cycled, ethically mined. So most of my pieces fall into the 'shop small' category from start to finish.
Over the years I've peddled my wares in all the usual places: website, social media, local trunk shows & misc boutiques. I've been featured in a few galleries, and regularly donate to local & global charities/not-for-profits that are near-and-dear to my heart. In 2014, the Dallas Observer gave a nod to my "wearable art" and honored me as one of their "10 Best Dallas-based Etsy Shops" - I still don't know which of my friends paid them off.
Small disclaimer: I've got a crap back, y'all. I have some congenital and hereditary spine issues which caused premature degeneration to begin in my mid-20s. To date I've had three spine surgeries, two fusions and countless minimally-invasive procedures to manage chronic pain, frequent herniations and nerve damage throughout my spine. All that to say: I HURT, SO I'M SLOW. Due to unpredictable limitations, new items are truly "slow-crafted" and available in limited quantities every 3-4 weeks. Lead times for custom orders are typically 6+ weeks, but customs are often closed due to spine issues. And APOLOGIES if you've been waiting a while for fresh stock. Promise it's coming soon - I'm always counting the moments until I can get back to the bench!
Thanks for looking, and please follow me on Instagram for a peak at upcoming jewels, promotions & sales, or just to make fun of my terrible social media skills.
Polly Simon Artisan Jewelrywww.pollysimon.com