Amy Cousin Jewelry

About

Amy Cousin Jewelry is handcrafted from ethically sourced gemstones and pearls, reclaimed precious metals, vintage glass, upcycled wood and bicycle parts, and anything else that catches my interest.

I purchase my gemstones and metals from Fair Trade sources who adhere to the highest ethical, social, environmental and professional standards.  The very few organic elements (coral, bone, etc) that I use are recycled from vintage jewelry that I have collected over the years. My glass beads are also vintage Czech glass Mardi Gras beads from New Orleans, Louisiana.

My designs are both intuitive and deliberate: sometimes I’ll pick an interesting gemstone or an element, and create around it. Interesting doesn’t necessarily mean perfect or flawless: with some stones, the natural inclusions or the unique way it is cut adds as much dimension to its story as a flawless stone can.  I frequently sketch designs out in my journals (I have volumes of them) before committing them to metal.  Wirework is labor intensive, but I absolutely delight in the process ... sometimes it’s even a form of meditation for me.

As a writer, I share my process and the business, gemstone energy, jewelry design and techniques on my blog. I recently joined actress Kimberly Elise's team to write about crystal healing on her natural beauty website.
I have also written articles and tutorials for Demand Media Studios (eHow.com & Society6.com), and several jewelry supply companies.

Want to know more? Click here to read an interview that I did with Chandra of Cdyann Designs and here to read about ACJ at Three Sisters Eclectic Arts.


jewelry photography by M.L Cousin (with assistance from I.E Cousin)