“My favorite part of designing is the process. When all of the unique beads and metals come together to create one of kind and really unique modern pieces for people to enjoy wearing,” shared Rebecca Dorise of Dorise Irene Jewelry. “I am often inspired by nature, as well as companies like Tiffany, and from the stones I work with.”
The Illinois-based jewelry designer started Dorise Irene Jewelry in the fall of 2016, focused on crafting jewelry for sensitive skin. “My interest came from wanting to make jewelry for myself that was affordable, made from natural stones, quality metals, and modern but classic in design.” The shop designs expanded over the last three years – for example, Dorise recently created a sterling silver wirewrapped labradorite necklace with virtually no tools (other than for cutting the wire). The small shop has become known for its 14-karat rose gold bead necklace on a simple sterling silver chain. “It is an incredibly versatile piece and my most popular design. The rose gold adds elegance, timeless color and luster,” said Dorise. “My most favorite design is creating the simple pieces with metal and beads with unique cuts and types of stones. My favorite stone is probably blue moonstone,” she added.
I love how the shop’s jewelry designs are feminine and delicate-looking, but sturdy enough for normal wear (and withstanding pulls from little hands). “My jewelry is backed with quality in the materials and design and I offer affordable repairs when necessary because life happens. If you wear a piece often, it will need some upkeep and I am more than happy to work with clients to help them enjoy that ‘everyday’ piece,” Dorise explained. “I hand solder all my metal work, so nothing will slip or fall apart with normal use. I also hand select each stone and all the materials that go into making a piece, I look for the best quality. I have a great eye for stone authenticity and quality.”
You can regularly find Dorise Irene Jewelry in Refine309, a local boutique in Bloomington, Illinois. “Custom orders have also been a huge part of my growth as a business. I wasn’t so sure about doing custom orders – it is a lot of pressure – but it is some of the most rewarding work I do.” These days, Dorise is busy designing new pieces for the end of summer and fall. “I am working with lots of new metal necklaces, interchangeable pendants, and other summer colors in beaded necklaces, earrings and bracelets…always something new to check out!” Browse her latest pieces on the Dorise Irene Jewelry Facebook page and Instagram account here.