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January 8, 2017


Brandi Couvillion tells a story of New Orleans in her contemporary and historically inspired jewelry.

The artist & background: A New Orleans native, Couvillion graduated from Tulane University and studied woodworking and jewelry at the Penland School of Crafts (NC). While working as the CFO of a non-profit historic preservation center in New Orleans for six years, she was involved in a 10-year restoration of a Victorian-era home in the Lower Garden District. The project further fueled her passion for the city, maps and historic architecture and inspired her mixed media art and jewelry.

The company & goods: Brandi Couvillion started in 2005 in New Orleans. Her jewelry work, comprising metal etchings of historic New Orleans maps culled from archives, includes bracelets, earring and necklaces.

The process: To create her pieces, Couvillion begins with raw sheets of metal and uses an intensive, handcrafted process involving heat image transfers, various etchants, patinas and polishes, as well as hammer forming.

What’s popular: The Nine Muses Cuff Bracelet and the Bayou St. John Cuff Bracelet (the map is from 1880) range from $160 to $325, depending on the metal (brass, copper or sterling silver) and amount of detail in the piece.

Other favorites: The Mississippi River Cuff Bracelet (from Baton Rouge to New Orleans and out through the delta in 1863). Prices range from $175 to $350

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