What: Handmade statement pieces, focusing on gemstones. Brass and gun metal provide the backdrop for gems including labradorite, moonstone, malachite and more. The original collection was jewelry and clutches; now there’s home decor, lighting and candles, too. Prices start at $42.
Who: Longtime friends Katherine Weeks Mulford and Lee Addison Lesley were schooled in graphic design and worked together at a corporation in Atlanta after graduation. Between school and beginning a career, Lesley took jewelry-making classes in Florence, Italy. She made a necklace for a friend, sparking this endeavor. Lesley shared skills with Mulford and, after long days at work in front of the computer, the two began stringing beads together. Friends’ enthusiasm for their work inspired them to create a website. They opened Turq Jewelry in 2002 and closed it in 2010. The duo launched Addison Weeks in 2012.
How: “I love going to flea markets and digging through piles of jewelry,” says Mulford, and the ’70s often are an inspiration. “A lot of times we will start with one design, for example a cuff, and think how that can translate into a candlestick or piece of barware.” The two design all their pieces by sketch or computer rendering, then have prototypes manufactured and produced overseas.
With a friendship that dates back almost 20 years, the two have been through challenges. “I battled breast cancer in April of last year, and Lee, without hesitation, took over running the business, shipping orders and working markets,” says Katherine. “We are lucky to have found each other so long ago!”
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Find it locally: at Granville (Phillips Place), Splurge (1033 Providence Road) and at www.addisonweeks.com; 704-749-2110.