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November 6, 2015

DMiller
In high school, Danielle Miller discovered her passion for metals. She planned to concentrate on sculpture in art school. But after taking a jewelry-making class as an elective, Miller switched her focus.

The artist: Graduated from the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia.

The company: Miler began “Danielle Miller Jewelry” while still working under a master goldsmith after college. During this period, she worked on her own designs at night and on weekends and began selling at craft shows. In 1998, she was able to devote herself full-time to her own business. In 2001, she moved to Greenville, SC, and opened her studio.

The goods: Earrings ($120 to $1,000); cocktail rings ($200 to $2,000); bracelets ($200 to $3,000); necklaces ($250 to $3,000); plus engagement and wedding bands ($400 and up).

Materials: Sterling silver, 18k yellow gold, 14k yellow, white and rose gold, various precious and semi-precious gemstones.

What’s popular: Raw-surface gemstone pendants ($200 to $500) and Stick and Stone earrings ($120 to $140).

Other favorites: Big cocktail rings. “I love making them and I love seeing people light up when they slip one on their finger,” said Miller. “There is something inherently intimate about a ring, more so than any other type of jewelry.”

Inspiration: I grew up in a steel town in the Laurel Highlands of the Appalachian Mountains in Pennsylvania. Being surrounded by beautiful rolling hills juxtaposed by bridges, railroads and industry greatly influenced my design sensibility. I take inspiration from nature and strip it down to clean geometric shapes, called “Organic geometry.”

Fun project: Conducts popular “Make your own wedding band” workshops in her Greenville, SC, studio.

Claim to fame: American Jewelry Design Council’s 2010 New Talent Honorable Mention and nine-time NICHE Awards finalist. The awards celebrate excellence and innovation in fine crafts.

Where to buy: http://www.daniellemillerjewelry.com.

In Atlanta, at the Atlanta Contemporary Jewelry Show, Nov. 6-7, at the Atlanta History Center.

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