Local artist and jewelry designer Rebecca Allen is a favorite of ours at Poppy & Stella! She creates unique jewelry that is beautiful and practical. All of her pieces are lead and nickle free and even gold plated!
Q: "What made you want to start designing jewelry and accessories?"
A: "I went to Towson University for a degree in costume design and after an amazing couple of years I realized what I really loved doing was creating jewelry and accessories that were my own style, not necessarily of a certain time period. So, I switched my career path and school to pursue my degree in Accessory Design. After school and a job designing shoes, I ventured out on my own to create pieces that I would love to wear and that I thought others would love too!"
Q: "What would you consider your inspiration for your designs?"
|Gem Dangle Earrings in Turquoise, $28|
A: "I’m a huge animal lover, so each year I always come out with new little critter designs. This year we introduced some adorable tropical birds, and underwater friends. Besides nature and animals, I’m also inspired by vintage gemstones, colors, and shapes. Each season I try and incorporate hand patina designs or vintage gemstones and components to my jewelry. This year I was given bright gold and orange gemstone clip on earrings from my grandmother, who has quite a collection of jewelry from the 50's and 60's. I used this design to inspire my vintage gemstone pieces for our 2014 Spring/Summer collection!"
Q: "Our customers love that you are a local designer - Does Maryland play a role in your designs?"
A: "Being a born and raised Maryland girl does play a role in my designs. I grew up right on the water and spent many days at the beach, biking or walking in downtown Annapolis. I use my experiences to mold my designs into pieces that would work well for the girl who may spend her days on the water or at the farmers market to nights out in Fed Hill or Naptown!"
Q: "What items would you recommend for gifts?"
|Flamingo Necklace in Gold, $28|
"Love" Necklace in Gold, $26