Fourteen years ago, what started as a hobby for me and friend Debra Barnes, has now evolved into a small retail business with a loyal following of customers all over the country for which we are very grateful.
My first experience in the jewelry business began in 2000 when I became mesmerized by the unique jewelry that a friend of mine from Atlanta was making. She was interested in selling her beautiful jewelry in Memphis and with my background of 20 years in sales, I thought I could be of some help. Meanwhile, Debra was making her own jewelry, and we decided to team up and share our first booth at the Junior League holiday show in 2004. Both jewelry collections were made with sterling silver/gold filled wire, semi precious stones and freshwater pearls. Though each collection had its own unique look, they complemented each other beautifully and gave us a sufficient amount of inventory to work with. We continued traveling to art festivals, fundraisers and home shows in Memphis and throughout the Southeast having fun and forming valuable relationships along the way. As the demand for inventory increased, I also learned to make jewelry on my own, and eventually started carrying other designers' lines.
As the business evolved, so did our name. Our business started out as E'tincelle, French for "sparkle." While a great name in theory, we learned that having a brand people could pronounce and easily spell was more important. In 2010, we rebranded as Stones & Pearls which perfectly represents the jewelry that we both make and sell.
At Stones & Pearls you will find a collection of original handmade jewelry and contemporary fashion jewelry from designers like Betty Carre, Grace George, Sibilia, Akola and others we pick up at any given time. There is something for all ages and occasions, from black tie to your favorite pair of everyday earrings. Our jewelry is unique, reasonably priced and fun to wear. Custom requests are also welcome. Many brides and bridesmaids have proudly worn Stones & Pearls creations.
Our retail boutique is at Lisa Mallory Interior Design in Memphis where I am also employed. Inventory at the shop changes frequently so visit us often. Phone requests and orders are always welcome.
Cindi Marshall, Proprieter