What: Vintage-style jewelry that incorporates the old with new, earthy elements, hammered metals and handmade fabric pieces. A bit of bohemian plus a mix of modern describes the pieces, which range from $18 to $100.
Who: Marcy Bourgeois is trained in psychology and rehabilitation counseling. But like many other artists, her creative calling began in her wee years, with memories that lead back to her grandmother’s jewelry box. “It held such beautiful, sparkly costume jewelry,” she remembers. While she was pregnant with her first child, she enrolled in a basic jewelry class with her mom. “I loved it!” she says. In 2005, Hurricane Katrina forced a move from Louisiana to the Charlotte area. “I decided to start making jewelry utilizing the skills I learned in that beginner’s jewelry class, teaching myself new techniques along the way, but with the images of those jewels in my grandmother’s jewelry box always in my mind. I wanted to find a way to incorporate the beauty I remembered in those cherished items in a new, fresh way that would be easily translatable for the styles and fashion of today.”
How: Bourgeois uses various methods, including beading, hand-cutting metals, stamping, hammering and more.
On inspiration: “My inspiration comes from anything and everything! The memories of my grandmother’s jewelry box, bohemian style, current fashion, fairy tales, movies, music, nature, my daughters … honestly, I find myself always inspired to create in some form or another.”
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Faux fringe forever: The spring season holds lots of hand-cut brass with vintage elements – and lots and lots of faux fringe. “Can’t get enough fringe in my opinion,” Bourgeois says.
Current favorite piece: “The Clarity quartz crystal necklace. I honestly wear it most days of the week. ... It is a simple yet eye-catching necklace, perfect for throwing on with a basic T-shirt or layering with other necklaces. Bohemian simplicity at its best!”
Find it locally: At The Boulevard at South End and online at www.eclecticorchid.com.