Laurel Nation never really thought she had the knack for art. Although she had a desire to do something creative, previous attempts at drawing, singing, or playing an instrument led her to believe that it simply wasn’t her calling. That all changed, however, when she enrolled in a beading class. Now, more than 10 years later Nation has a booming jewelry business and sells her designs at art shows and farmers markets throughout the county.
“When I took my first beading class I had no idea I would discover I had a talent for the design part of making jewelry,” Nation said. “I always loved jewelry and I love beautiful and elegant things.”
Nation's beautiful and elegant designs can be found at the at La Jolla Elementary School. Her word charm necklaces are a customer favorite featured single, inspirational words, paired with a Swarovski crystal of the customer’s choosing. You can choose from words such as “hope,” “bliss,” “breathe,” and “dream.” These simple, yet elegant necklaces are constant reminders of the important things in life.
“They make the perfect gift, or just a way to let someone know you are thinking of them and wishing them well,” she said.
For her part, Nation’s favorite piece is one that she designed in memory of her father who passed away a year ago. It’s a Buddha charm along with “blessed” and “abundance” word charms.
“He had a round belly, was bald and when he laughed, he looked just like a Buddha,” she said. “Wearing the necklace reminds me of how blessed I am and the abundance in my life.”
In addition to the word charm necklaces, Nation also produces unique earrings, bracelets and necklaces. She uses materials such as freshwater pearls, Venetian glass, gemstones, and Swarovski crystals. Many of the pieces are customizable for each person. And while Nation enjoys the wealth of her jewelry making, what pleases her most is her ability to use creative skills.
Nation has been exhibiting at the Open Aire Market for 10 years, and also sells her work at other fairs throughout the county. She will be participating in the Art Walk in Little Italy this upcoming April.