New for the Holiday               Season

GIFT CERTIFICATES are now available for studio time or merchandise.  Give your loved one a gift of jewelry transformation.   Included is design and manufacture of the recipient's personal jewelry items or freshly designed item(s) from Shelley's Spring 2015 collection.

Shelley retails her one of a kind vintage designs exclusively at  Fine Art and Craft Festivals.  See her award winning designs at the following shows in 2014:

November 29, 2014
Holiday Market
Buckeye Recreation Ctr.
Beech Mountain, NC

Arrange a Wedding consultation for your entire Bridal Party. 
Contact Shelley for details.
Visit Shelley in her studio for a personal jewelry design session transforming your family costume jewelry.  You will collaborate on design to modernize and reinvent your jewelry while retaining the sentimental value.  Shelley will remanufacture the items for a custom design and  fit that suits your personal style.

Fee of $30 per hour includes:
Design mockup for customer review via e-mailed photos
Unlimited amount of redesigns
Finishing of all rough edges and rhinestone replacement
Personalized Fit
Final manufacture of jewelry items

Call Shelley for an appointment at 248/321-0538 or send her an e-mail at

Shelley Johnston is an Asheville North Carolina based jewelry designer specializing in transforming vintage costume jewelry.  Her inspiration comes from the Biltmore Estate and day dreaming of the "days gone by"  -- drinking sweet iced tea on southern verandas and ballrooms filled with the era's most beautiful fashions and jewelry.  Her boundless passion for vintage jewelry is reflected in her one of a kind designs - sometimes made from fragments found in the dust of old jewelry boxes.  Shelley retails her jewelry exclusively at Art and Fine Craft Festivals.  She warmly invites you to visit her at one of these local cultural celebrations and share your stories about sentimental family jewelry items.
"Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue"

The poem and its wedding traditions unite women through the generations just as vintage rhinestone jewelry unites the elegant women of bygone eras with the present.  Rhinestone jewelry from the 1950's was worn by the most glamorous women of the day including Ava Gardner, Grace Kelly, Elizabeth Taylor and Lucille Ball.  Wear jewelry on your wedding day that is unique, exuberant and affordable - pieces in which the rhinestones were so beautifully set, they could be imposters for diamonds.

Asheville, NC

 Feel Beautiful wearing "one of a kind" Vintage Costume Jewelry
Shelley is an instructor of Jewelry Design at the University of North Carolina Asheville's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI). She leads an 8 week class on the History of Vintage Costume Jewelry with a little bit of Workshop. The following is a brief outline for this informative and fun class. The winter term begins the week of January 12, 2015.  If you would like a more detailed course curriculum please contact Shelley at 248/321-0538

Week 1: History of Vintage Costume Jewelry design from Victorian-Woodstock

Week 2: Great Costume Jewelry Houses of the 20th Century including Coco Chanel, Elsa Schiaparelli, Eisenberg, Weiss and Christian Dior

Week 3: The Art of Negotiating and assessment of students personal Costume Jewelry items

Week 4: Cameos & Intaglios.  How to tell real from fake.  Before and After Design challenge. Shelley will take scraps donated by students and design jewelry items.

Week 5: Around the World in Vintage Jewelry design including Niello, Damascene, Taxco and Pearls. The day will feature the Daniel Swarovski story

Week 6: A full session workshop to transform the student's vintage costume jewelry

Week 7: Women Pioneers in the Jewelry Business - Miriam Haskell.  

Week 8:  Native American Jewelry Design and final workshop

Each week features a unique design challenge for the students; from a thrift shop scavenger hunt to a "stump the designer" contest. Whether you are a collector or want to understand the costume jewelry you inherited - the course is fun and informative