So you’ve found your true love and are beginning to plan a grand celebration, an event you’ve dreamed of since you first heard “happily ever after” as a child. Or maybe you simply enjoy wearing breezily elegant and ethically made treasures! In any case I would happily recommend Angie Star Jewelry Inc, an award-winning jewelry studio and gallery in Boulder, CO.
Founded ten years ago by sisters Angie and Michelle Olsgard, ASJI’s core is a staff of dedicated studio designers, all classically trained women, who create graceful, gemmy jewels using sustainable and recycled materials. They specialize in hand-forged bridal and engagement sets, special occasion pieces and custom orders of all kinds. Their vibrantly talented designers include Katherine Sanz, Miranda Wachtel, Julie Jagger, Dana Birke and Sara Watts.
In addition to their fabulous collections and gallery, ASJI offers several onsite jewelry classes including Basic Stringing, Wire Wrapping, Jewelry Repair and Metalsmithing from beginning to advanced levels. They provide personal instruction in a professional yet friendly, fun and encouraging atmosphere. And three cheers to them for their accredited apprentice program which allows budding metalsmiths to hone their skills at the bench…I’m all for giving a helping hand to emerging crafters!
You can’t help but love the look and feel of their sparkling gems flowing, cascading, and gently complementing the curve of your neck or the bend of your wrist. You can find perfect accessories for everything from an organic tee to a couturier gown, as well as inspired gifts for a girlfriend, a Mom, a prom princess or a whole wedding party. Don’t be afraid of custom-design either! Their creative talents and at-ease attitude are highly-respected, earning them “Best of Boulder” status from Boulder Weekly continuously since 2002!
I admire their commitment to protecting our planet, and their devotion to their craft and their customers, as well as their spirited sense of design. It’s a delight to see their liberal use of unusual gems such as electric blue Apatite, rich chocolate Diamond and rare Mandarin Garnet, and all those long exotic crystal-dripped earrings will really spin your spurs!
This post was contributed by Nik, self-described metalsmith-gemologist-designer and artist. For more of Nik’s insights and perspectives visit her blog, moonswordchamber.blogspot.com.
Related: more eco-fashion on The Alternative Consumer