On her first day at the , Agoura resident Shirley Brown already knows how to stand out and dazzle. After all, she is in the jewelry business.
The owner of BeDazzling Jewelry makes every piece by hand, using colorful semi-precious and natural stones from all over the globe.
Topaz from Germany, citrine from France, jade from Peru and pearls from China have made their way into her creative hands. She also uses jasper, amethyst and turquoise from the U.S.
“No two pieces are alike,” said Brown, describing her array of necklaces, bracelets, earrings, jeweled bookmarks and jewelry cases.
An interior designer in her native Scotland, Brown signed up for jewelry-making classes after migrating to the US.
“I’ve always had it in me–this being creative,” said Brown, who is also a district trainer at the Michael’s stores in Westlake Village and Moorpark.
Everyday is a “creative day” for Brown, whether she’s at home, teaching a class or training others to be as equally creative. “Colors and texture inspire me,” she said.
A perfectionist, Brown spends hours fashioning every single piece of jewelry in her collection. “If it doesn’t feel right, I won’t hesitate to take it apart and do it all over again,” she said of her “labors of love” which are in the $40 to $150 price range.
Barbara Stern has purchased several jewelry pieces from Brown over the years and considers herself a regular client of the Agoura-based business.
“I love the variety and you can choose to dress up or dress down with her jewelry,” said the Oak Park resident.“She really puts her heart and soul into every unique and hand-made piece,” said Stern.
Brown will also customize jewelry for bridal showers, weddings and other special events. “If you find, say a necklace that you like, I can also make you a matching bracelet or earrings,” she said.
For the holidays, Brown has earrings resembling round, shiny tree ornaments, in red, green, silver and gold.
“I try to make something new for the major holidays, so people will have something to look forward to,” she said.
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