Laura from Gretel Designs is a talented jewelry designer located in Courtenay, B.C. on Vancouver Island, creating hand forged, truly one-of-a-kind unique jewellery pieces.
Laura is in awe when she’s gathering.….
She gathers sprigs of trees, tender bits of moss, intricate fern tips from local forest floors or the remarkable shells, driftwood and ocean botanicals left behind on our beautiful British Columbia coastline. She then casts molds of her tiny findings, hand forges .999 silver clay, and finishes each piece to imperfect perfection. A darkened patina enhances the exquisite details made by nature.
Each piece holds connection to a specific place in B.C. Canada, described on its tag, for the wearer to hold dear.
Gretel Designs’ pieces can be ordered online, or found at one of the many stockists listed below.
Meet the Maker
Hey there. I was born in Vancouver, BC and have been working with my hands for as long as I’ve been able. My passion for nature has been forever and my passion for making jewellery really began to take form in 2012 – the one inspires the other. I am a self taught creative, and metalsmith. I wholeheartedly use the earth as my muse. I work with .999 fine silver, sterling silver, 14k gold fill, and semi-precious stones in a small but mighty studio in the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island. Having recently moved from northern BC, I am stoked for the inspirations of Vancouver Island…– Laura
Ways to Connect
Use coupon code ISLANDCRAFTED to receive 10% off!Stockists: Courtenay - Artifact, Cowichan Bay - Radway Studio, Delta - The Urban Rack, London, ON - Curiosities, Online - The Comox Box, Prince Rupert - Ice House Gallery, Smithers - Stone Moth, Terrace - Terrace Info Centre Markets: Online - iMADE Online Market (Dec. 14-19/20), Online - The Comox Box Virtual Market (Nov. 27-30/20)