Hello! I’m Elisabeth, of Elisabeth Space Jewelry. I make jewelry on a full-time basis from my home studio in Omaha, Nebraska, with my furry, 10-lb. assistant named EmmeLou by my side. I pride myself on using high-quality materials and skilled techniques, and offering exceptional customer service to my clients. Never content to rest on my laurels, I add new designs to my shop regularly.
For as long as I can remember, I’ve loved rocks. When I was a child, staring at the fossils in a boulder at the zoo was just as cool as seeing the elephants and the gorillas. I also remember sneaking rocks out of my older sister’s collection when she wasn’t looking. Flash forward to 2006, when I somehow found myself at a bead show buying heaps of beautiful rocks and beads, despite the fact that I had no idea how to work with them. That was the beginning of Elisabeth Space Jewelry. Over the next few years, I more or less taught myself how to make jewelry when I had the time, slowly acquiring tools and honing my skills.
If there were a set process that guided my work routine, I’d love to put my finger on it, but I’ve come to realize I’m a haphazard maker — why fight it? I almost never work from sketches; the one and only notebook I have for work exists so I can jot down dimensions for my wholesale pieces in order to replicate them in a uniform way. When working with free-form stones, their cut and shape usually guides me to the finished piece, which more often than not is one of a kind. I create based on my materials, the seasons, where I dream of traveling, and on a practical level, what I think will speak to my customers. I’ve always been drawn to blue and green, and as a result some of my favorite stones to work with are turquoise, lapis, chrysocolla and labradorite.