Callie Lowe Designs
Handcrafted Jewelry From the Heart
Callie Allen Lowe is founder and designer of Callie Lowe Designs. She began her company development in 2009 and launched Callie Lowe Designs with its three collections and online shop in 2011. Callie Lowe Designs is one-of-a-kind because her designs have an expensive look with an affordable price tag, which she says, “is extremely hard to come by.” Callie even imports most of her materials from overseas vendors, such as Greece in particular, which further adds to the appeal because it reaffirms that customers are getting products unique to what is common in the mainstream fashion market. Callie describes her jewelry as “rooted in Greek classical style with a contemporary flair.” She loves using unique gold vermeil components, gold-filled geometric chains, cotton pearls and various gemstones. All pieces are designed and created by Callie herself. “Each piece is like a fingerprint for me, distinct and custom crafted. My pieces are created using only one-of-a-kind products I have collected during my travels around the world. Each woman is unique, so her jewelry should be as well,” says Callie.
Callie has always had a creative side from grade school into adulthood as she thrived on artistic projects. She has dabbled in watercolor painting, painting furniture, needlepoint, glass blowing and was once quite involved in creative writing. Originally from Raleigh, North Carolina, she always loved to accessorize, even as a young child. She remembers walking around in her mother’s high heels wearing her oversized clip-on earrings. Callie earned a degree in English Liberal Arts with a concentration in Technical Communications and Secondary English Education from Auburn University. While her education did not relate to jewelry design in anyway, she realized she was unable to spend a fortune on accessories to accent her wardrobe after moving to Atlanta, Georgia, in 2007. The market for fashion jewelry in particular seemed to lack a balanced spectrum - being either too expensive or sacrificing quality and uniqueness at a lower price tag. Callie made it her mission to design exceptional jewelry using high quality materials while still keeping prices affordable for everyday women. Today, Callie says, “As a jewelry designer who creates accessories for a living, I can truly say that I am in the perfect profession.”
Callie Allen Lowe’s current collections include Lowe Links, Grecian Gold and the Callie Lowe Designs Bridal collection. Starting with the Lowe Links collection, the Blue Bauble Necklace is a perfect accessory for spring and summer as it will look especially great with white or light pastel colors. The gold-filled geometric chain is accented with hammered gold vermeil oval connectors while five large blue turquoise spheres are gracefully linked together in the center. The contrast of the sparkling gold against the calm blue of the glossy turquoise is marvelous while the big beads are eye-catching and add a “pop” of color. Pair this with a white blouse, tank, dress or wear with a shirt and jeans for a relaxing and refined look. From this collection, one of our favorite earrings is the Green Mermaid Earrings, a feminine and flirty accent to any outfit. Made of gold-filled ear wires and a gold-filled corrugated diamond links, a teardrop shaped cracked green turquoise dangles below and is accented with beige pearl clusters. The bright sea foam green of the turquoise is refreshing and fun while the pearls add a touch of girly charm.
For a more subdued look, the Lapis Cluster Earrings are perfect for the office or work while transitioning beautifully for night. These earrings are comprised of gold-filled ear wires with two gold-filled diamond corrugated links and a cluster of faceted blue lapis rondelles at the bottom. These earrings sway with movement and look fabulous with business attire or a casual top and jeans. The midnight blue of the lapis is alluring and calming, but stands out against the bright yellow gold. In terms of designs, Callie continues to sell core pieces while periodically introducing minor variations and fresh designs to the line. If you are looking for old world charm with the beauty of gold, the Grecian Gold Collection is perfect. Like the golden glory of Greece, the Antiquity Cluster Earrings are fitting for any woman looking to shine. Gold-filled ear wires and gold vermeil oval connectors are decorated with a trio of faceted pyrite rondelle clusters. The gold oval connectors display an old world hammered pattern along the trim and adds to the antiquity of the piece.
For an edgier, bohemian look, the Grecian Spike Earrings are modern yet charming as it showcases a rustic gold disc with a freshwater pearl and gold vermeil spike dangling beneath. These earrings are ideal for summer as gold looks great with colors and the white of the pearl gives elegance. Callie comes up with ideas by viewing jewelry design similar to home decorating, in “choosing the thinks you like and everything will somehow come together beautifully.” She adds, “I become inspired by various stones, shapes, patterns and gold components, which I then channel into a unique design. I’ve learned to trust my initial instincts and I don’t create anything that I wouldn’t wear myself.” For the neckline, we recommend the Gold Medallion Necklace as it shouts classic gold and white pearls. This necklace features a gold-filled diamond corrugated chain with a large Grecian gold vermeil waffle pendant in the center, surrounded by white cotton oval pearl eggs on both sides. If you need a statement piece, look no further because this necklace is attention worthy and just what you need for your favorite dresses.
Every bride deserves to feel like a princess on her big day, dressed to the nines and bedazzled with lovely jewels. The Bridal Collection offers a romantic and beautiful selection of necklaces and earrings to suit brides of every style. Elegance meets simplicity with the Cotton Pearl Eggs, a graceful pair of earrings perfect for any bride. Gold plated pave beads with a white egg-shaped cotton pearl dangles from gold-filled ear wires. The effect is both breathtaking and romantic as the shiny pearl white sheen of the cotton pearls are the perfect counterpart to the sparkly pave rhinestone beads. As worn by Callie in her signature photo, these earrings are a classic that you will treasure for years to come. In the next five years, Callie would love to see her jewelry distributed by all outlets throughout the country, from her online store to high-end boutiques and large retailers. Her focus is still to ensure that her pieces are readily accessible to everyday women. She would also like to see celebrities wearing her designs as it would be fabulous. Fit for a royal wedding is the Gold Cocktail Necklace, a stunning and attention worthy piece that will add style to any bridal gown. Gold textured cotton pearls hang delicately from a gold-filled oval corrugated chain and is accented with a large gold rhinestone ball. The necklace is lightweight and perfect for wearing all throughout the day into the late night while dazzling the crowd.
For something sparkly with more of a bling factor, the Hammered Spark Earrings are the answer to looking like a million bucks. A gold-filled hammered hoop dangles freely against a gold-filled oval chain with a gold plated pave bead. The crystal clear pave rhinestones sparkle with every step and are fabulous against the hammered gold hoop. Callie thinks big as she is in the process of trying to partner with charities so that a portion of her trunk show sales will to go toward supporting those in need. Her favorite jewelry designer is Turq Jewelry and her hobbies include reading, cooking, running and her complete obsession with CrossFit. Although her designs are reminiscent of her world travels, Callie Allen Lowe is a southern girl at heart and currently resides with her husband and two dogs in Atlanta, Georgia.
Lastly, Callie shares her favorites from each of her three collections. From the Lowe Links Collection, Callie selects the Meridian Links in lemon citrine because the earrings go anything and everything. The Gold Medallion with black onyx from the Grecian Gold Collection is such a classic yet wonderfully unique statement piece. This necklace can be worn with the basic jeans and top, a conservative wardrobe for the office, or dressed up for a night on the town. Callie’s trip to Spoleto, Italy, fueled her appreciation for interesting geometric combinations and 22k gold vermeil metals. She shares, “That is where I specifically became inspired to design the Forward Clasp Necklace for my collection.” And from her lovely Bridal Collection, Callie especially favors the Fancy Teardrop Earrings because they are simple and elegant with just a little bling. They spice up any outfit and are the perfect complement to a cocktail dress. In sharing with readers, Callie says, “One of my main incentives is to create jewelry that is appealing to a wide range of women and wardrobes. I want women of all ages to put on my jewelry and instantly feel beautiful. If I can accomplish that as a designer, then I have succeeded in achieving something great.” Callie Lowe Designs is available at Poppy’s of Atlanta and online at callielowedesigns.com.