J W Metal Arts: A Top 10 Finalist of the Halstead Grant

We're pleased to introduce finalist Jennifer Will, talented jewelry designer, metalsmith and photographer!

Artist Jennifer Will was drawn to nature at a very early age. She loved to explore the outdoors from the beaches to the forests of Long Island where she grew up. After a tumble into a patch of poison ivy  her mother gave her a camera as a get well gift. Her early fascination with nature and photography led to a lifelong career in the Arts.

Necklace: Sterling Silver, Raw Green Tourmaline Crystal, Rubber CordJennifer took her desire to learn and moved to New York City where she attended the Fashion Institute of Technology, where she received an A.A.S. in Fashion Photography in 1996. Next, she moved out of the city and studied at Southampton College, earning a B.F.A Fine Arts degree in 1998. Her studies continued on to California and the Gemological Institute of America in Carlsbad, becoming a G.J. Graduate Jeweler in Jewelry Manufacturing Arts in 2006.

After years of education, Jennifer now resides in San Diego, CA where she runs her jewelry studio, J W Metal Arts.

Ring: 14kt Yellow Gold, Raw Columbian Emarald Crystal



“I draw my inspiration from deconstructing these three elements (nature, design & science) and the experiences of my childhood into a modern and industrial interpretation, always looking to showcase the natural raw beauty of what mother nature has created.”

Her jewelry pieces range from $65 up to $1395 and you can purchase them online at her Etsy shop under J W Metal Arts.



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 2013 jewelry grant application and eligibility details.

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