Meet The Face Behind

SLOANE JEWELRY DESIGN

A BRIKA maker story

Sloane Swayze

INDIANAPOLIS, IN
"Handmade goods support a way of life that I wish everyone could live."
“I love to make jewelry and get so much joy out of seeing people wear my pieces. I truly do not know what I would do if I wasn’t a maker!”

“When people purchase from artisans they get a piece that has a story behind it, impeccable craftsmanship, and they get to support someone’s dream.”


“I have a wide design background in drawing, painting, sculpture, and ceramics.”


“When people purchase from artisans they get a piece that has a story behind it, impeccable craftsmanship, and they get to support someone’s dream.”


Sloane Swayze's childhood dream was always to be a jewelry maker. After graduating with her BFA in Metalsmithing & Jewelry Design from Ball State University, she turned her dream into a passionate career by starting Sloane Jewelry Design. Based out of Indianapolis, she started part-time in 2013 and recently transitioned to full-time due to growing demand. Sloane's jewelry line is fresh, modern and handcrafted; each item is designed to be your go-to favorite piece. She strives to be eco-friendly with her designs by using reclaimed metals such as argentium sterling silver, brass and gold-fill whenever possible. She uses argentium silver over sterling, because it is brighter, tarnish resistant and better for metal sensitivities. Sloane's geometric, art-deco inspired jewelry proves that childhood dreams never go out of style!



Walk us through your production/design process.

It varies! Sometimes I will sit with a sketchbook and just draw out ideas and combinations of shapes and lines. Then I take them into my studio and create my drawings into real life. Other times, I have to go into my studio first and combine shapes and pieces to make patterns and build from there. I make all of my pieces by hand from the raw metal, wire and gemstones.

What is the inspiration behind your design?

Geometric designs, the art deco movement, textiles, patterns and my customers.

Tell us about a challenge you’ve had to overcome and how it affects/has affected your work

I have had a fair share of doubters that designing and selling jewelry could be an actual career and not just a hobby. Especially since I have always been told how saturated the jewelry market is. It took me awhile to actually break through that thinking, but now I think that just pushes my designs and ideas further to ensure each piece is unique and something special that you will be excited to wear. 


“I believe that everyone has creativity within them—they just need to embrace it and make what feels right to them.”
PRODUCTS BY SLOANE JEWELRY DESIGN
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