Best New Take on Old Jewels and Gems - 2012
When Amelia Deleon couldn't find jewelry to fit her petite frame, she decided to make it herself. The craftswoman restrung some old pieces and made them new again, and Stranded Jewelry was born. After several successful private trunk shows, Deleon's friends urged her to take the one-of-a-kind vintage bead and stone creations public. Partnering with local businesses and hosting events at the (now) Gildar Gallery, Stranded has found its way onto the wrists of teenagers, moms, grandmothers and everyone between. Costume, minimal or formal, Deleon creates affordable bracelets, necklaces and earrings for all styles of women.