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Andrea Slappey, Principal Designer

 

The jewelry of Amalia Designs expresses the inherent qualities of Southern women: casual refinement, grace and enduring relationships. The resulting creations have meaning beyond their intrinsic beauty, with each piece representing an ethereal and complex idea brought down to its minimal form. Developed as sophisticated collections, the themes reflected by these elegant pieces of adornment are love, balance, infinity, and the beauty of nature.

Designer Andrea Slappey first works out the proportion of each design by sketching and creating a three dimensional prototype. She casts or fabricates each piece by hand, further refining her concepts by applying traditional metalsmithing techniques such as filing, sawing, soldering, wax carving, and hammering. Andrea’s sculptural creations are then executed in sterling silver, gold and platinum, and may include precious and semi-precious stones. In addition to the existing collections, she frequently accepts commissions for custom pieces, often working one-on-one with a client to bring an idea to life through an inspirational and collaborative process.

Andrea’s aesthetic has long been influenced by her deep southern roots. With a family history dating back to South Carolina’s earliest days (her ancestor was a founding father of Charleston who arrived via Barbados), Andrea grew up in Tallahassee and enjoyed an outdoor lifestyle – hunting along the Ochlocknee River, boating and fishing around St. George and other nearby barrier islands. Intrinsically motivated by these emotion laden and sensory rich visions, she is also deeply influenced by a desire for peace and calm. Her designs convey this spiritual harmony to the wearer.

 

ASSOCIATIONS

Manufacturing Jewelers & Suppliers of America

Georgia Goldsmith Group