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About Pattie Parkhurst


Bold and Fearless - Just Like the Jewelry She Creates

 

My designs are as beautiful as the mountains in the state of Colorado where I reside. You don’t need permission to live life beautifully and passionately and I am proof of that. Don’t just let life happen, make it happen. 

 

Are you the type of person that is fearless and always ready for an adventure? Do you want to take life by the horns and make it happen? My designs are bold, daring, and beautiful, just like the people who wear them.

 

“AWESOME!!! I contacted the shop owner, told her what my GF likes/dislikes and she sent me the greatest gift package ever. There’s no way I can wait until X-mas to give this to my GF as she will love it so much. Excellent job Pattie.”

 

 

I have been dreaming and living jewelry since I started making it as a child. In college, I took my dreams of making jewelry a step further and pursued metalsmithing classes. Then after college I found the Sweetman Allen studio. I would spend my time working at my part-time job, and the rest of my free time learning from Richard Sweetman, who I have named many of my pieces after. Now my passion and creativity shines, most recently, in all of my spring, summer, fall and winter collections. 

Photo-Amanda George, Pattie Parkhurst, Richard Sweetman and peeper Craig Wright 

Some of the inspiration for my pieces come from the time I spent in Ireland. My studio was located in a workhouse that was once the home to the poor and suffering during the famine of 1845. The individuals that stayed in these workhouses were given uniforms and a basic diet of oats and water in exchange for hard labor day after day. There were some 130 workhouses that housed around 2,000 people from local towns and villages.

 

Here are the workhouse studios in Ireland
Jenny and I traveling around Ireland

Today, these workhouses have been remodeled into museums, bars, and the one I stayed in, Workhouse Studios, a studio for artists. The jewelry studio was in the old altar where mass was held(middle picture). Lots of creativity takes place in the workhouse including ceramics, papermaking, glass, textiles, and jewelry. The artists in the workhouse become savvy business folks, and I must admit they are ahead of the game. The things I learned there and the beautiful surroundings still inspire me to this day and you will see the beauty of Ireland in some of my designs. If you don’t want to miss out on any of my new releases or collections,  Sign up for my emails! 

 

Pattie Parkhurst Jewelry has also been featured in the Colorado fashion show, several magazines, and local newspapers.

 

What are people saying about Pattie Parkhurst Jewelry?

 

“What gorgeous earrings! They’re utterly unique, modern, and yet somehow ancient. Pattie was extremely patient and responsive in helping me choose stones. I couldn’t be happier and I plan to wear them often.”

 

“These earrings were a custom order I eagerly awaited...I absolutely couldn’t be more happy with them!!! They are so tiny and detailed and perfect...way better in person than what I thought I was ordering. So pleased!! Thank you Pattie for accommodating me and for your amazing craftsmanship - such talent! The detail and daintiness is blowing me away. Sorry for the not-too-clear photo, but want everyone to see how perfect and teensy these earrings are!”