“Not your Mother’s Pearls” is a series of pearl jewelry. This six-strand necklace of fresh water pearls finishes with a Tibetan hammered pendant; $135. Courtesy of Carola Swimmer
“Not your Mother’s Pearls” is a series of pearl jewelry. This six-strand necklace of fresh water pearls finishes with a Tibetan hammered pendant; $135. Courtesy of Carola Swimmer

Style

CLT Made: Silver::Bone

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June 06, 2017 2:29 PM

What: Handcrafted women’s (and occasionally men’s) necklaces and bracelets created from natural elements such as antler, shells, sea glass, freshwater pearls and a variety of beads, strung or knotted.

Carola Swimmer at a trunk show at Jeffre Scott Apothecary.
Courtesy of Carola Swimmer

Who: Carola Swimmer was born and raised in Frankfurt, Germany. She moved to Charlotte in 1981 and pursued her passion for fabric, texture and design by studying interior design at CPCC. In 1987, she and a friend opened a fashion studio, Viccaro, which morphed into Silver::Bone Jewelry Design. Now that her two sons are grown, she says, she enjoys the “active meditation” of creating jewelry. “Each piece tells its own story, from whimsy to elegant. I love to combine materials that are unexpected, yet play off each other.”

Two separate multi-strand necklaces made of pastel trade beads, small turquoise beads combined with sea glass and a faceted labradorite pendant. Short eight-strand necklace, $65; longer three-strand necklace, $65.
Courtesy of Carola Swimmer
Two separate multilayered necklaces: Doubled layered long necklace featuring white leaf with pave-detailed pendant; $75. Czech glass beads and hematite necklace with faceted labradorite pendant and quatrefoil detail; $65.
Courtesy of Carola Swimmer

On the name: It “simply stems from being a dog lover. It reminds me and my customers that even everyday errands deserve a little dose of fun, panache and style.”

Leather wrap bracelet; $85. Gold leather/silver buckle bracelet, $45.
Courtesy of Carola Swimmer

On motivation: “What really gets me excited about my business is that my jewelry celebrates femininity and self-expression.”

Favorite piece: Swimmer says she cannot choose just one – and that her family laughs each time she’s working on her latest piece and says, “This one is my favorite!”

From tassels to pave to shell, turquoise and quartz; $65-$115.
Courtesy of Carola Swimmer

Find it /locally: At Sloan Boutique Splurge, Amina Rubinacci and Gumbo Goods, and at LAM Studios’ next trunk show.

Find more CLT Made goods by searching the Observer website for that title, or on the “CLT Made” Pinterest page.

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