Kelly Graham - The Artist Behind Camias Jewelry Designs
Jewelry, as an art form, has the power to create moods, provoke opinions, and produce a myriad of personal and spiritual reactions. In my studio, this is the design philosophy that I endeavor in creating and developing a unique collection of jewelry designs. My ultimate goal is evoking whimsy through the use of my imagination with earthly and magical inventive designs in each of my pieces, to which inspired this signature and personal collection.
Born and raised on the East Coast, my interest in art design began at a very young age when I picked up a pencil and began to draw from a National Geographic magazine. It only grew from there. I continued my artwork, sketching and drawing, stain-glass, and fabricating jewelry throughout high school. It was during this period when I began displaying a flair for fantasy and whimsy in my work . These were the beginnings of the distinguishing style that can now be found throughout this collection.
In 1996, I received my degree from the Institute of Jewelry Design and Technology, where I learned the fundamentals of traditional jewelry making, as well as casting, stone setting, and working with precious metals and stones with many of the traditional designs and styles often seen in higher end jewelry stores. I also worked under several master jewelers which enabled me to hone my technique and to have the confidence to branch out on my own.
I hope to bring a wide range of interests to my design abilities by focusing on metals and stones which lend themselves to a more natural and organic feel, such as sterling silver, copper and semi-precious gemstones. The superior blend of silver casting grain I use is more tarnish resistant and comprised of alloys which will rarely cause skin allergies. You can even feel the quality difference in the sterling silver itself. Only the finest semi-precious gemstones adorn each creation.
Utilizing a rich contrasting blend of textured finishes allow for unique conceptual designs in my work - not only will these designs be a topic of conversation, but you will enjoy the handsome and detailed work, as well as the substantiality of each handcrafted piece.
I have shipped all over the world to include England, Ireland, Wales, Scotland, Australia, Austria, Canada, Germany, The Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Japan, Spain, New Zealand and South America. I can also be found in the Renaissance Times Magazine!