My love for jewelry started at a young age. When I was a little girl I always admired my Mothers jewelry. She had very simple yet elegant pieces that she always wore with pride. I used to love going to the jewelry store with my Dad to pick out a gift for her and I dreamed of one day having some of her jewelry passed down to me. Now that I am older and married, I have my own collection of special pieces thanks to my husband and I have learned a great deal about fine jewelry over the years.
About 6 years ago I was looking for something new to do craft-wise. I have always loved photography but I was looking for something different. A friend of mine had visited a local bead shop and told me about it. The next weekend I went with her to see what she was so excited about. It was amazing to discover this whole new world of beautiful beads. It was overwhelming to see so many beautiful beads, with so many amazing colors, shapes and sizes. Where do I even begin? How do I pick something out from so many choices?? I decided to start by picking out textures, colors and shapes that appealed to me and I went from there.
I bought a few books on jewelry making and beading, used my color books from past art classes, took a few classes in bead shops, and began to design things for myself and wearing them regularly to make sure that I was making not only beautiful pieces, but durable as well. Eventually people started noticing the jewelry I was wearing and they would ask me where I bought it. I told them that it was handmade by me and I started to pass out my card to anyone who inquired about the jewelry I was wearing. As my confidence grew I took another step forward and I started showing my jewelry to people that worked in the businesses that were by my office, and to clients of the company I worked for. I sold a few more pieces and people started contacting me to inquire about my jewelry and custom work.
Now, a few years later, I have two consignments located in CA and I am in the process of setting up a few more in GA as soon as I can. I am excited to see what the coming months bring to mmillsdesigns! If you want to see where my jewelry is currently on display, please go to the Locations page.
I use high quality materials to make my creations such as Swarvoski Crystals, Pearls, Glass Beads, Natural Stones, Semiprecious Gemstones, Sterling Silver, Glass Lampwork, Millefiori Glass and Glass Seed Beads. Because all of the beaded jewelry at mmillsdesigns is individually handmade, you are guaranteed a one of a kind, unique work of art, personally designed and crafted by me.
I hope you enjoy my jewelry and accessories as much as I've enjoyed designing and creating them!
Mary Mills, Owner & Designer