"I find myself enchanted by things many people may not notice like a piece of moss, a tiny insect or a stone I might find along a river bank. These natural objects are treasures to me and I enjoy using them in my jewelry design. The wild beauty and intricate details found all around us are often overlooked so I do my best to share them with others. "-Jamie Stephens
I graduated from the University of Montevallo with a BFA in Graphic Design. Shortly after graduation, I started working for Golden Flake Snack Foods, Inc. as a package designer. My career at Golden Flake provided many opportunities to use my educational background in graphic design, but was lacking in artistic freedom and creativity. To settle my urges to create I began making jewelry in my free time. Collecting gem and minerals was always one of my passions, so making jewelry with these small treasures was a perfect fit.
Even as a small child, I would have considered myself a naturalist. I loved the outdoors and spent most of my time in search of small flowers, insects or rocks looking for my next treasure to share with my friends and family. Things haven't changed and I continue to look for specimens on my hikes even today.
I incorporate plants and insects, use natural crystals and semi precious stones along with vintage objects to create pieces with a bohemian style. My collection includes electroformed copper, mixed media, resin and wire wrapped necklaces, bracelets, earrings and rings.
When I'm not working on jewelry, I enjoy traveling, taking pictures of the Northern Lights, practicing my infrared photography with my husband, Michael, and playing with my furbabies.