Shelley retails her one of a kind vintage designs exclusively at Art and Fine Craft Festivals.   Events will be added to the schedule as they are confirmed so please check in regularly.

2015 Event Schedule

November 28 & 29, 2015
Sapphire Valley Holiday Craft Show
Community Center
Sapphire Valley Resort

December 5, 2015
Holiday Craft Fair
Rugby Middle School
Hendersonville, NC

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 items while retaining the sentimental value.  Shelley will remanufacture the items for a custom design 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 and antique costume jewelry.  The materials she uses in her one of a kind designs, are (mostly) of American and European design and manufacture.  Shelley salvages our jewelry history bringing it back to wearability. Not only does she work with collectible designer pieces, but she also recycles broken pieces that seem hopelessly out of date or impossible to repair. Some of her more challenging designs originate from fragments and scraps found in the bottom of old tins, shoeboxes and dusty jewelry cases. 

Asheville provides endless inspiration for design whether it is the "romance of the south" or visiting the grand Biltmore Estate. Her boundless passion for vintage jewelry is reflected in her unique design perspective which honors the original architecture of the item while updating it for modern wearability.  

Asheville, NC

Antique and Vintage jewelry is the hottest trend today because of the beautiful fashion inspired by the hit PBS TV Series Downton Abbey.  Shelley's authentic designs will make you feel as stunning as "Lady Mary".

Shelley will  be an instructor of Jewelry Design at the University of North Carolina Asheville's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) in 2015/16. She will lead a 6 week class during their winter schedule on the History of Vintage and Antique Costume Jewelry with a little bit of Workshop. The following is a brief outline for this informative and fun class.   

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. Shelley will assess the students cameos and intaglios.

Week 5: Around the World in Vintage Jewelry design including Niello, Damascene, Taxco and items from Japan and Hong Kong. The day will feature the Daniel Swarovski story and workshop time for transforming students personal jewelry

Week 6: A full session workshop to transform the student's vintage costume jewelry with a faux estate sale as a final "exam".

There is a lot of history and design involved in this disposable or "junk jewelry".  Whether you are a collector or want to understand the costume jewelry you inherited - the course is fun and informative.