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jewelry as sculpture

October 11, 2013

Balance

As a child , Andrea Slappey made jewelry from colored telephone wire. Paper clips too. She never planned to pursue jewelry-making as a vocation.

But after college, the UGA grad enrolled in various art classes. Slappey studied beading and precious metal clay. A few years later, she learned welding and metal smithing techniques in a 3-D design class at Georgia State University. Along the way, her design talent was noticed.

Last year, she incorporated Amalia Designs in Decatur. In her sophisticated and elegant designs, the jewelry sculptor uses sterling silver, gold, semi-precious and precious stones. But Slappey’s favorite materials are 18K gold, plus sapphires and tourmalines (her birthstone).

Her Goddess earrings ($90), Ladder Cuff bracelet ($354) and Sunburst necklace ($246) are popular pieces.

So are the Mobius Infinity bracelet ($232) and the XOXO Cigar Band ring ($392 and up), which launched her business. Made-to-order pieces also are available in gold.

Her Goddess earrings ($90) and Ladder Cuff bracelet ($354) in sterling silver are popular pieces. But they also can be made-to-order in gold.

The striking Sunburst necklaces ($246 and up) and the XOXO Cigar Band rings ($392 and up) are available in 14K and 18K gold. The sterling silver Mobius Infinity bracelet, which comes apart like a puzzle, is $232.

To order, visit www.amaliadesigns.com or thetravelerscollection.com.

Also find a lovely selection of jewelry in the Atlanta area at Atlanta MADE, 1187 Howell Mill Road, (atlantamade.us), and BEE, 26 E. Andrews Drive, (www.bee-atlanta.com).

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