silver & gold
Cary Calhoun, the Atlanta jewelry designer and metalsmith, worked in corporate banking for 15 years before letting her creative side take over.
The designer & background: Calhoun graduated from the University of Georgia with a business degree. While working in corporate banking, she started making jewelry in her spare time. In 1987, Calhoun signed up for her first jewelry class at Chastain Arts Center. She later took classes and attended workshops at places like Spruill Center for the Arts, Penland School of Crafts and John C. Campbell Folk School, both in North Carolina. After her son was born in 1999, Calhoun started making jewelry as more than a hobby.
The company: Atlanta-based Cary Calhoun Designs handcrafts sterling, gold and gold-plated jewelry
What’s popular: Filigree earrings ($78); twig earrings in silver and vermeil ($120 and $140); and “link” bracelets ($200 to $300) to wear alone or layer with other bracelets.
Other favorites: Lace cuffs ($450 to $600), because of the story. After Calhoun’s mother died unexpectedly a few years ago, she found some amazing textiles and lace in the attic. After a year of experimentation, she perfected the process of casting the lace/textiles to create jewelry, mainly cuffs. Cuffs are cast in brass and then plated, either in sterling silver or 14k gold.
Fun request: Asked by a friend to make a lace cuff from the lace of her daughter’s wedding dress.
Where to buy: Frolic Boutique, 2339 Peachtree Road and 3728 Roswell Road, (frolicboutiqueatlanta.com). Also at the Spotlight on Art at the Trinity School in Atlanta from Jan. 30 to Feb. 4.
For information: www.CaryCalhounDesigns.com