Designer?s Biography: Finding the Niche
Marjorie Miller?s life has been as diverse as the many different types of gems she uses to make her jewelry. In a 30-year career, Marjorie has mastered multiple artistic genres.
Growing up in the tiny town of
Later trained in sound engineering, she moved to
Marjorie moved to
In 1987, Marjorie and two partners formed Feralette Records. She recorded, produced, promoted, and served as a fill-in percussionist with multiple bands. During this period in her life, she continued studying art and art history.
In her spare time, Marjorie studied acting at the Performing Artist?s Workshop. This led to her landing a part in a European movie shot on location in
In 1991, Marjorie began selling jewelry on historic
In 1998, Garth Brooks decided to close his merchandise stores, and Marjorie started a new chapter in her life. After working for a short time at a local health food store, she became a nutritional manager for a large natural health grocer. It was during this time that she met her husband Howell.
In 2001, Marjorie and Howell moved to
Her co-workers at the office, many of whom were professional mercantile buyers, commented that she needed to be selling her wares. Her first sales were to some of those buyers in her office. Soon, she was taking special orders from several co-workers.
Upon moving back to
In the summer of 2003, Marjorie and Howell made their annual vacation trek to
In the summer of 2007, Marjorie and Howell began mining amethyst from a source in
In the next five years, Marjorie learned new techniques and began teaching others the art of jewelry-making. She continued to sell her custom-design pieces through multiple venues throughout the country and began making jewelry for other company's private label lines.
In 2013, Marjorie was commissioned to make a special spectator hat for country music star Jennifer Nettles when she hosted the CMA Country Christmas TV Special. It was worn in the opening of the show, and when Nettles graced the cover of US Weekly, she was wearing the hat.
She has made multiple television appearances on
In 2017, Marjorie added new products to her jewelry line, and in the Spring of 2018, she added products made from recycled materials. Beginning in the Spring of 2019, Marjorie has secured through a pearl vendor various pieces of raw mother of pearl from the Tennessee River, and she has put the pieces through a lengthy process to make beautiful mother of pearl pendants.
I have truly found my creative passion?I love designing and creating jewelry. I love the feel and texture of semi-precious gems, pearls and sterling silver. The colors take my imagination soaring as I put them together to make a piece of art jewelry. I knew after having gone to that gem show in
My niche is bringing together various gems, pearls, sterling silver, and many other metals into finished designs that are unique, exciting to the eye and especially fun to wear. Color, design, and texture all come into play as I lay out my creations with an artist?s eye and palette. Each piece evolves and to me comes to life with a personality all its own.
I have always loved rocks (including big boulders and tiny crystals), stones, and jewelry. Jewelry is particularly my passion as I have always bought, collected, worn, and sold it, and now I design, create and sell it. I learned to appreciate sterling silver at The Silver Shop on Historic
I believe jewelry is to be worn with all outfits (casual, classic, or special). Why wait for a special occasion to wear a beautifully designed piece of art jewelry?Click to add text, images, and other content
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