Collection: Ilene Kay

My jewelry is handcrafted in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. The beauty of the mountains and this region where I live inspire my designs and each piece of my work has a unique story to tell. I deliberately arrange elements that appeal to the senses and emotions of the person who wears my jewelry. To a casual observer, my work would immediately convey a naturalistic nuance with an Asian infusion. My work has a Zen- like love of the natural world that makes me mindful of the beauty of the elements that surround us.
I create a story for each piece which begins with my sketches of landscapes, trees, flowers, and water. I often stop to sketch, or pick up a stone, or a leaf just as I did as a young child.I still bring these treasures home. As an adult, when I start the design - I’ll look to these “treasures” for inspiration and convey the childlike awe and beauty I see in them to others.I strive to remain open in the creative process and allow time for the design to develop. Often my sketches sit unused for many weeks until I am ready
I use only the highest quality materials, Argentium® Silver, Titanium, Gold and Copper. I saw, texture, hammer, and form the metal with hand tools to create my Art Jewelry. The directness of forging metal in this manner makes each piece of my jewelry unique and my final creation becomes a piece of art. At this point the piece of jewelry’s story will become a part of the one’s life who will ultimately wear it.

Member Since 2024

Clyde, NC