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)