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Whether a ring, pendant, earrings, or pottery piece, Nell’s work has impeccable craftsmanship, and exhibits a grace and beauty derived from the natural world. Trained as a biologist/zoologist, Nell spent six years in Bolivia, dividing her time between artwork and wildlife research.

“The colors, the people, and the living forms have strongly influenced my life and work,” she says. She has now settled down, working as a professional artist, with her family in her beloved Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, whose tranquility and beauty are evident in her work.

An artist of real integrity, whose work is an expression of a deep love of nature and a profound respect for its claims… an imaginative and meticulous craftsman – one who handles color, line, and shape with a poet’s sensitivity and a scientist’s discipline.

M.E. Jefferson

Grace &Beauty

Borrowed from Nature


Movement, texture, flow, the undulation of vines, the flutter of wings, the essence of nature – plus the structure of a scientific mind – inspire Nell’s heirloom quality jewelry. Every piece is unique, individual – a small sculpture to wear. Nell works mainly in gold, but also incorporates platinum and silver to enhance the beauty of the high quality gemstones, diamonds and her wearable elegant designs. 


Nell’s pottery is artistic as well as functional. She uses a mid-range Stoneware which is formed the potter’s wheel to produce classic pottery forms that are characterized by clean lines and rich natural glaze colors. Many pieces have natural leaf and turtle or dragonfly accents. The goal with all these pieces is to bring the beauty of handmade pottery into everyday use. All of these pieces are food, oven, microwave and dishwasher safe.

Redesigns &


Do you have a heirloom piece that isn’t getting worn because it is dated, broken, or doesn’t suit your style? Breathe fresh life into your special yet neglected items. Nell can redesign or create an entirely new piece from your existing stones, scrap gold or antique jewelry – returning them to the cherished status they deserve.

Contact Nell about Redesigns & Restorations



One of the things I truly love is working with clients to design a one of a kind piece that is unique and theirs alone.  From engagement rings, wedding bands, or right hand rings, to one of a kind pendants, earrings, or bracelets, you can join me on a journey of design and creation that results in a piece to be treasured.  Whether using brand new materials or re-purposing your older jewelry, gemstones and/or scrap gold, I work in tandem with you to design a piece that reflects both my aesthetic and your vision.


To see a collection of bespoke jewels that I have created with my clients, please click on Commissions.

Contact Nell about Custom Commissions

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