Los Angeles jewelry designer Duchess Leigh won a top 5 finalist spot in The Halstead Grant two years in a row. After falling in love with jewelry at an early age, Duchess spent her high school years studying jewelry making in library books.
After graduating high school, 15 years passed by before her childhood dream came true and she began building her studio. Purchasing supplies and tools with what money she had saved, she practiced in her studio and sold what she created at local craft fairs.
Duchess uses mainly brass, silver & gemstones with an emphasis on the moon and its different phases in many of her pieces. You can find her work on her website at www.duchessleigh.com and on her Etsy site where prices range from $13-115.
Halstead awards a business grant to a new jewelry designer in the bridge segment each summer. The grant awards $6,000 in start-up capital and merchandise to a new design company. If you are starting a new jewelry design business, please check out the 2015 jewelry grant application and eligibility details.