Simplicity meets spunk and heart. Futurism meets the southwest.
I am a lover of design, the natural world, organic forms, and the way things feel. I am interested in making jewelry that evokes a sense of timelessness. Pieces that help connect us to both our past and future. I am curious by dualities in design, form, and process. My work is where the raw and imperfect meet the more refined and uniform. I am drawn to the simplicity of contemporary shapes made with ancient metalsmithing techniques.
My mission is to create a brand that celebrates feminine leadership, environmental stewardship, inclusivity and self-acceptance. I am proud of this mission and my desire to connect with others around positive solutions, like challenging the notion of what our culture considers “beautiful”, and decreasing our environmental impact with using recycled metals, clear sourcing of materials, and promoting non-toxic studio practices.
Each piece is designed by me, hand fabricated, or cast by a small mom and pop casting house in Colorado.
My love for jewelry started when my mom gifted me my great grandma’s turquoise and sterling silver ring when I was 16. As other pieces of jewelry were misplaced or grew out of style, this ring has never left my right middle finger. It has become my ultimate talisman, as it links me to my ancestors, and holds a sense of sacredness and beauty in the present. I see adornment as an extension of one’s self, a tool to use as a form of expression, protection and inspiration.
Avery Lee was born in 2016 after my Dad's quick and sudden passing. I was looking for a place to land and feel alive alongside my process of deep grief. I unexpectedly fell in love with metalsmithing and the creative process of designing and making jewelry.