Julia Bristow began creating jewelry in 2006 when she was introduced to vintage jewelry collecting by her sister.
She originally collected vintage/antique costume jewelry because she found it appealed to the “little girl” in her to collect these sparkling rhinestone treasures and place them in a jewelry box, as they were pretty and fun to look at. Julia eventually realized she was drawn to the signed, handwoven pieces with intricate designs by designers such as Miriam Haskell, which clearly demonstrated the detailed workmanship of these various artisans.
Julia learned some jewelry assembly techniques and attended school for jewelry design, and began to create vintage-style items with her own touch using today’s quality supplies. The jewelry designs are inspired by Julia’s love of nature and every attempt is made to incorporate that beauty directly into each piece created.
Having lived most of her life near the ocean, and currently in the Sierra National Forest, she strives to imitate the absolute beauty of nature that she sees around her with ocean and forest themes.
All of her designs are inspired by nature – ocean, sand, forest, trees, flowers, rocks, water and sky. Every piece of jewelry she makes is inspired by one aspect of nature or another. She always has some type of plant, flower, tree or scene of nature in mind to recreate in a piece of jewelry.
She enjoys the beauty and feel of each individual bead, as no two gemstone beads are exactly alike. Her designs are based more on an artistic idea rather than any type of fashion trend. She also specializes in fruit jewelry pieces which have been featured in Cosmopolitan, Elle, Fashion, and Foam Magazines – tropical “Carmen Miranda” style.
Julia Bristow Jewelry is unique and elegant, hand-crafted, nature-inspired, one-of-a-kind, “wearable art” jewelry. Every piece is hand-crafted by the artisan/designer in her home studio and signed with an engraved hangtag.
All jewelry pieces are hand-wired or woven and meticulously pieced together using a variety of high-quality semi-precious gemstone beads, sparkling Swarovski crystals, Czech glass flowers, fruit, and leaves, individually chosen lampwork glass pendants, freshwater various pearls, shells and mother of pearl, polymer clay, natural wood and coconut beads.
Images and biography submitted by the artist
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