Jill Swanberg

November 02, 2012

There is a story behind this designer.  I first saw her work when a friend and co worker wore a necklace of hers into the office.  Mind you this was two years ago.  I immediately fell in love with it.  The uniqueness stood out.  I knew I would have to have one. So I made a trip to ARTichokes, an art store here in Kansas city that displays and sells art from various artist around the area.  Jill had a display case of her designs there for sale.  Unfortunate for me, there were none there that were either long enough to suit me, or the right color combination I had my heart set on.  I did however find two shorter strands, and purchased one for my daughter in law, and on for my niece Katie.  They loved their gifts, and I adore their necklaces every time they wear them.    Time passed, and on occasion I would remember that I wanted to get back over to the art store to look for a piece for me.  It never seemed to be a good time!  So that brings me to today!
I sat down with Jill last month to hear her story of creation, designing, and love of trinkets!  You see, I  always wanted to own one of these unique one of a kind necklaces, so one afternoon while waiting on my sons at the orthodontist, I picked up the phone and called ARTichokes and asked if they would share her information with me.  I explained I wanted to feature her on my blog celebrating her as a local designer.  They were more than happy to assist, and now I get to share her story with you!

Jill Swanberg lives her in the Kansas City area with her husband and 3 children.  Along with two adorable dogs, a labradoodle, and a maltipoo!  Her designing started out as an act of love for her husband's family.  When a loved one passed away 7+ years ago, and the jewelry was placed before them, Jill wanted to do something special for the women in the family, so she used pieces form several different items and created keepsake bracelets for each one of them...... how touching!
Jill now finds her unique accessories everywhere from garage sales, to vintage shops, and even her friends occasionally gift her pieces they have found amongst their own jewelry boxes!  I could feel her true passion and love for what she makes while sitting with her in her home.  She uses freshwater pearls in several colors, and even coral and turquoise.  Then she adds a showcase item to hang from the strand and a few complimentary stones, coins, and other gems!   She graciously let me choose my showcase piece, and strand, and then I let her take over with her magic and add what she wanted to compliment my piece with!  I. LOVE. IT!

Jill designed for one lucky follower their very own original strand.  Isn't it beautiful?  It is a strand of brown freshwater pearls with a sterling tibetan square pendant hanging from it.  She then added a carnelian briolette, a faceted rectangular turquoise piece, and a raw piece of amethyst.  The sterling S hook can adjust between any two pearls to make the necklace hang in several lengths.

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  1. This is so gorgeous - I would consider giving it to my sister because she would love it.

    Thank you.

  2. What a lovely piece--I WANT it!

  3. This is so lovely, I would have to share it with my mom :) She would love it!


  4. Sorry, but it's mine! lebl9077@bellsouth.net

  5. Believe me I love to keep this sweet necklace for me, myself and I! ☺
    ladybugcda (at) hotmail (dot) com

  6. I'm definitely keeping this necklace! Pearls are my birthstone!

  7. I love the blog, and I LOVE Jill's jewelry. Most importantly, I love Jill.
    She is the most kind and caring and CREATIVE person that I know...

    Plus, she makes the best salads of anyone on the planet. I'm just sayin...


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