Designed by metalsmith Claire Jacobs, Emily Claire jewelry is both classic and contemporary. Drawing inspiration from historical jewelry as well as modern design, every piece of jewelry starts with a hand sketch by Claire. From there, the jewelry is carefully hand fabricated in her Raleigh, NC studio using sterling silver, 18K gold, and semi-precious or precious stones.
Claire Jacobs – Raleigh, NC
Emily Claire jewelry was founded by artist and designer Claire Jacobs in 2008. Discovering a passion for art at a young age, Claire pursued her artistic interests through drawing and painting. Continuing this interest at the collegiate level, she studied art at Clemson University, obtaining a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Printmaking.
Later, Claire attended the Penland School of Crafts to learn the art of metalsmithing for jewelry. While attending Penland, she discovered her talent for making metal jewelry and became intrigued with how jewelry could communicate aspects of a person’s identity and viewpoint. Shortly after, the Emily Claire Jewelry line was born. For years, Claire worked a full-time sales job, while spending all her free time in studio developing her unique handmade jewelry collection. In 2014, Claire decided to devote herself entirely to Emily Claire and resigned from her full-time job. To mark the occasion she traveled to Florence, Italy, to complete a four-week intensive course study at Alchimia Contemporary Jewellery School. She returned with new skills and new inspirations, propelling her forward into life as a full-time studio jeweler.