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November 6, 2016

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After studying dance, Georgia native Laura Wood was inspired to design sculptural jewelry that fits and flatters the body.

The company: Laura Wood Studios started in 2013 in Asheville, NC.

The artist/designer: Grew up in Milledgeville and earned a degree in jewelry and metalsmithing from UGA and a master’s degree in metal design from East Carolina University (NC). Wood also has studied at the Penland School of Crafts in Asheville.

Materials & process: She cuts and forms metal, and through pattern making, fabricates signature shapes before combining the shapes with precious stones for dynamic and kinetic jewelry. Most pieces are finished with an industrial enamel in red, black, and white.

What’s popular: The Double Lace earrings ($198). The earrings come in red, black, and white and can be made available with a clip instead of a post.

Other favorites: The Lace Cluster collar ($1,800, shown above), a bold look that drapes the body beautifully. Also the Fan earrings ($400 & up).

What’s next: Teaching a workshop (May 28 through June 3, 2017) at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, Tenn.

Where to buy: www.laurawoodstudios.com and the Mora Contemporary Jewelry Design in Asheville (moracollection.com). In the Atlanta area, at the Signature Gallery, 3267 Roswell Road and the 10th annual Atlanta Contemporary Jewelry Show (www.atlantacontemporaryjewelryshow.com) Nov. 11-13 at the Carter Center.

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