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Susi D. Jewelry

Susi D. Jewelry

Dreams Come True as Creativity and Baubles Sparkle

Susi D. JewelrySusan DelVecchio launched her line, Susi D. Jewelry in the summer of 2008, after years of taking classes, creating jewelry and perfecting new techniques.  Susi D. Jewelry is versatile, elegant, and feminine as each piece is designed and sculpted by hand, resulting in timeless pieces suitable for every woman.  She adds just the right amount of shimmer to accentuate the beauty of the wearer.  Susan also tries to evoke warm playfulness in each piece by creating hand forged frames for stones rather than traditionally setting them.  By mixing methods and materials, she can make each piece elegant enough for a special occasion, but light and simple enough to wear every day.  Susi D. JewelryAs a practical girl, she studied Business and Hotel Management in Frankfurt, Germany where she learned how to run a business.  Her hotel management background provided her with the opportunity to come to the United States, where she met a designer and ultimately set on her path of creating her own business.  She never had formal college training and only took several classes run by local artists and arts organizations to expand her knowledge of art, design, and jewelry making.

Upon arriving to the United States from Germany, Susan developed a friendship with a high-end jewelry designer and tagged along on his shopping trips to stone suppliers, diamond dealers and estate auctions.  She was immediately fascinated by the designs of the vintage jewelry pieces he acquired, Susi D. Jewelrythe vast array of brilliantly colored stones available, and especially the beautiful pieces that were ultimately created.  But Susan soon realized that such magnificent pieces were all high end and outside of an average woman’s price range.  “Something in me clicked, and I thought…this is something that I could do, I could fill that niche,” she recalls.  So she set her mind on creating her own jewelry line that would still employ precious and semi precious stones and metals, but at an affordable price.  Every woman can realistically afford a pair of these adorable Red Garnet Cluster Earrings that are both flirty and fun.  A cluster of three tiny faceted red garnets pops with color as they dangle from gold oval link chains on hook earwires .  For $26, these earrings are a steal for their originality and fine craftsmanship.    

As a child, her parents bought her every kind of craft and she also made paper cut-out dolls, masks, animals, buildings, and everything else.  “I grew up when Germany was still divided, but when the wall came down, I was twelve and finally able to get my first Barbie.  I designed and made clothes for her, built her furniture, and even made her jewelry. I like to believe that I had the best dressed Barbie in town!”  As a teenager, she enjoyed photography, clothing and graphic design. Susan even got the chance to design a logo for her parents’ marketing company during her internship with a graphic design company.  It took her a few years to realize that even though she loved designing, her true passion was working with her hands to turn designs into something tangible.  As it turns out, designing and making jewelry just made sense.

Growing up in East Germany, her family lived simply and jewelry was scarce as they were not surrounded by opulence and ornamentation.  Susan recalls her mother had stud earrings made for her from old silver spoons brought to the goldsmith and that if she lost one, a new pair would have to be made.  The ritual made her regard jewelry as something very special as she still has some of those lovely, individual stud earrings in her jewelry chest.  “My mother’s gifts to me made me understand how important each piece of jewelry can be to its owner, and how sentimental the gift of jewelry truly can be,” says Susan.

Susi D. JewelrySusi D. Jewelry is unique because Susan looks for a balance between fine and beaded jewelry.  Because she loves pieces with a handmade look, she infuses new elements to fine jewelry to each beaded design by using stones or metals in unusual combinations, such as sterling silver mixed with gunmetal in her Black and White Collection.  This collection caters to the “rebel” in her as she loves Susi D. Jewelrythe way the dark gunmetal plays off the shiny sterling silver.  The featured necklace has a thick stunning sterling silver chain interwoven with fine gunmetal chains and a hook front closure.  We like the sterling chain as it is substantial and adds a nice weight to the necklace.  The gunmetal is an alloy which will not tarnish or rub off and silver is not plated as its patina is achieved through aging over time.  We also selected a pair of matching earrings that are both edgy and feminine enough to wear alone or with a necklace from the Black and White Collection.  These 2” dangling earrings also display the stunning combination of sterling silver and gunmetal to add drama and interest.  The contrast of the bright silver against the ebony gunmetal chains draws attention as they playfully dance with every step. 

Her personal favorites change with every collection but her most current obsession is the new 2010 Spring Collection for its Susi D. Jewelrygreen topaz to compliment spring as it is not too dark or grassy yellow.  She enjoyed using vermeil bead caps set with tiny cubic zirconias adding the vermeil bead cap studded with tiny cubic zirconias to a strand of fine stones or using creamy freshwater pearl for its vintage feel and elegance.  The Faceted Green Topaz necklace is absolutely stunning with its green topaz beads wrapped along the entire chain to form a stunning chain necklace.  A center crystal quartz briolette hangs delicately to accentuate the neckline.  It is the perfect spring to summer piece as its fresh and vibrant color blend softly with its feminine and delicate detail. 

Also from her Spring collection, she loves the extra long, peach, pearl necklace for its versatility in wrapping around her wrist as a chunky bracelet or as a double layer necklace over a t-shirt.  This is a permanent staple in her wardrobe.  Susan loves hoop earrings and one of her favorite designs showcases green topaz beads wrapped to a hand crafted hoop.  She plans on adding more colors of this design in the future as these earrings are so easy to wear and receive lots of compliments. Her “go-to” piece which she wears alone or layered with other necklace in her collection is the wrapped faceted rutilated quartz briolette which captures the clear sparkle of the quartz with an added interest of needle-like black striations.  Her absolute favorite stone is the Swiss Blue Topaz for its rich, sky blue color and sparkling clarity.

Susan always carries a notepad to scribble or doodle anytime and has even been known to use a pocket light at the movies to scribble on a notepad after seeing an amazing necklace onscreen. Her inspiration can strike at any moment from a walk with her dogs, watching movies or television, browsing magazines and books, or people watching at lunch.  Even having her two and a half year old daughter wrap random strands of beads around her arm as a Susi D. Jewelrybracelet is inspiration.  “All you have to do is be open to it, and keep a trusty notepad handy,” she reveals.  After collecting her snippets, notes, and sketches, Susan puts together “inspiration boards” that look like big collages, up on the walls of her studio.  The boards continue to grow over time and when she starts on a new collection, she just picks up a board and goes from there.  We were inspired by her lovely Crystal Quartz Bracelet which features eight gorgeous faceted quartz briolettes wrapped to a gold filigree chain.  The bracelet is lightweight and comfortable enough to wear everyday and an instant classic for its subtle charm that will make you feel like a princess.

Susi D. Jewelry is exclusively sold online, at trunk shows, special events, private showings and expanding into retail boutiques and stores.  In the near future, Susan hopes to work with a small team in a larger studio and reach more customers nationwide and internationally.  She currently maintains several seasonal collections to retain the line’s originality but introduces new designs monthly to keep up with current trends.  Susan wants to continue expanding each line while also introducing new and interesting combinations of materials, stones, and designs.  On a larger scale, she would like to do philanthropic work and share her blessings with those less fortunate worldwide.  At the moment, she donates pieces to charity auctions and works with a charity called Build A Nest which provides micro loans to woman in third world countries.    

Susi D. JewelrySusan runs her business, designs, and makes all jewelry herself with the help of friends who offer their ideas and a talented mentor, Bonnie Riconda, designer and owner of Calico Juno Designs. She prefers working with precious and semi precious stones, gold and silver, but she hopes to expand into creating more solid and rose gold pieces in the near future.  She recently added her Charm Pendants Collection, featuring playful, 14k gold, diamond studded charms, with hopes of adding a new gold charm every month in the coming year.  We selected the Starfish Charm Necklace for its adorable starfish shape that is set with pave diamonds to sparkle and shine every time it is worn.  Available in 14k yellow, white, or rose gold, this charm hangs from a solid gold cable chain and is the perfect everyday keepsake necklace. 

Susan considers herself extremely luck to have traveled around Europe and other parts of the world since they all influence her jewelry in different ways.  She was dazzled by the array of brilliant colored gemstones in Brazil while inspired by the timeless elegance of jewelry in Paris boutiques.  Her visit to Prague, Munich, and Vienna, showed her the jewelry collections of royal houses and the history of jewelry as far back as the Middle Ages.  It was then she realized that the need to decorate ourselves has always been an essential part of who we are as human beings.  In all her travels, Susan tries to learn the culture of the people and how they view and incorporate jewelry into their everyday lives.  The next stop on her travel list is to visit some of her stone suppliers in India and Thailand.

In her spare time, Susan loves spending time with her family and partaking in photography, which remains a big part of her life.  Susan reminds us that everyone has dreams and hers of becoming a jewelry designer came true.  She encourages dreamers to follow their dreams even if it means taking small steps in their spare time, between putting kids to bed or cleaning the house.  “Even if your dreams seem to be far away and unattainable, each step will get you a little bit closer, and the dream will stay alive. And while you are out following your dreams, be sure to wear some jewelry you love, it will make you feel beautiful inside and out,” Susan shares.To view and shop her exclusive hand-made collection, visit susidjewelry.com.

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