The burgeoning Philadelphia craft scene is home to Layne Freedline of Layne Designs. Freedline’s heirloom jewelry is made with traditional bench techniques and trendy lapidary cut stones like druzy and cabochons. This black druzy piece is my favorite. It is gorgeous!
Freedline is an accomplished jeweler who can boast an impressive resume of education and experience in the trade. She also teaches workshops on jewelry fabrication when she is not working in her own studio.
Most Layne Designs custom pieces range in price from $165 to $450 with more elaborate designs fetching up to $700 each. Layne Designs also offers a lower priced production line of $32 inspirational pendants through an Etsy jewelry shop.
Freedline was a 2010 finalist for The Halstead Grant, an annual award competition for new jewelry design entrepreneurs. The 2011 Halstead Grant deadline is June 6, 2011.