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March 9, 2015


Mary Filapek and Lou Ann Townsend met in a jewelry studio on the first day of class – and hit it off. They had so much fun working together on various college art projects that they decided to start a jewelry business.

The company: Mary + Lou Ann was founded in 2000 in Albuquerque NM. In 2002, the company, known for its contemporary jewelry designs, moved to Concord, NC.

The founders: Filapek and Townsend met at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque in 1996 on the first day of class in the jewelry studio. Both had chosen to give up respective careers in Project Management (Townsend) and Technical Theatre (Filapek) and return to school for new degrees in studio arts.

The main goods: Earrings ($80 to $270); necklaces and pendants ($90 to $2,300); bracelets ($290 to $510); and rings ($190 to $450)

Current favorite: The new Flower Box rings ($290-$600). “Right now we are on a ring kick,” said Mary.

Materials: Sterling silver, polymer clay, powder coat, resin and semi-precious stones.

Fun or unusual request: A customer sent us a sample of her wedding fabrics and asked us to match the colors in jewelry we designed for her wedding. It was great fun to create art jewelry in polymer clay and silver for her big day.

Where to buy: In the Atlanta area, find their jewelry at the ACC show (Booth 111) at the American Craft Council Show (March 13-15) at the Cobb Galleria. Check time and fees at

Also visit the Ninth annual Atlanta Contemporary Jewelry Show Nov. 6-7, at the Atlanta History Center (



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