About Our Designer
With over 20 years in the professional magazine and print media industry, and recognized as an accomplished graphics artist, Laura Marlowe is also a wonderful designer of jewelry. A native Californian, Laura grew up with artistic influence from her mother, who painted, did charcoal drawings, sculpted, built furniture, sewed and even did a bit of jewelry making. Absorbing all of this, Laura made art her career and later moved to Phoenix, Arizona where she now lives with her husband (and her favorite Dachshund and Chihuahua!).
Laura has dedicatedly studied literally hundreds of beaded jewelry styles, both historic and contemporary. In doing so, she developed a deep respect for the Native Americans who have for centuries advanced the art form. And, there is no better place than the heart of Arizona to fully learn and appreciate such.
Of course, the art of beaded jewelry has been an important aspect of societies for many thousands of years…Ancient Persia, Egypt, Greece, Africa – virtually all civilized areas, no matter how primitive or advanced. These too fascinated and inspired her.
But something else struck Laura as a vitally important component in prized beaded jewelry throughout the ages…the very beads themselves! She realized that not only were fine artisans designing, stringing and weaving incredible jewelry, but supporting them was an entire category of artist in the truest sense of the word:
Those artists who creatively and painstakingly fashion the actual beads of glass and hand make all manner of materials used to create the final jewelry pieces. For example, Silversmiths in Bali, Indonesia, India and the American Southwest handcraft raw silver into intricate bead designs. Master glass artists produce beautiful individual beads in countless colors and textures. And, Gemologists search the world to find incredible and unique gemstones.
These "raw materials" of the jewelry makers' craft possess vivid colors, infinitely varied shapes, styles and patterns…Laura is constantly fascinated by the astonishing beauty and expressiveness of the individual components that make up her final jewelry pieces.
Laura Marlowe takes pride in searching for the rare and entrancing materials seen in her designs. Then, to create a jewelry piece, she literally “springboards” (conceptually) from the materials' own uniqueness – whether they are made from fine Czech glass, pure sterling silver, pearls, gemstones, coral, etc.
Always one to "stretch the limits", Laura sought out examples of more intricate and elaborate beadings. Not only did she study how they were made, but in some cases even “reverse engineered” how they had been so exquisitely produced. In doing so, she eventually developed her own rather unique methods of compiling hundreds, if not thousands, of beads - each individually hand stitched - into remarkable woven designs. Finding jewelry akin to Laura’s is quite rare indeed, simply because of the complexity and many hours required to complete each piece. While most bead artists choose to simply string beads in a linear fashion, Laura’s unique works can have countless beads twisting and turning creating depth and a level of intricacy that is a pure joy to view…and to proudly own and wear.
Occassionally, when a layperson is first shown one of Laura's finished pieces of jewelry, it is sometimes humorous to hear how they think it may have been made. Statements such as, “It must be made by computer or machine!”, are entirely understandable. So, let’s be perfectly clear… The pieces of jewelry Laura designs and creates are painstakingly handcrafted. Her jewelry is created, bead by bead, entirely by hand.
Laura takes pride in having people (you!) appreciate and wear her creations. She has tried to price them so her material costs are covered and to make it at least somewhat viable for her to devote the countless hours required to produce a somewhat sizable collection from which to choose.
By “popular demand” (at the request of friends), Laura has agreed to limit the number of some styles and designs, and to both certify and individually number these special pieces. (Though, in truth, every piece is “limited” and “special”. They each take considerable time and quite a concentrated design effort.)
As you go through our website, we hope you are able to find a piece of Laura Marlowe's jewelry that compliments you and your uniqueness. She is also pleased to work personally with you to design a custom item. Or, you can simply let her know what basic colors you would like for one of her already existing designs.
Regardless of your choice, you will receive a wonderful, well made piece of jewelry which will be prized and highly respected for many years to come.
Tip: If you do see one of Laura's pieces you like, don't delay. They sell quickly. You can take advantage of our 3 day money back approval period.