I am a self taught jeweler and metal smith. I have been making jewelry for over 20 years, and with the support and encouragement of my family and friends, I turned one of my life’s passions into a business and officially founded Alison Kelley Designs in January 2007.
I love collecting and experimenting with materials, shapes and textures and I have a great love for color and I try to embrace many colors in my jewelry designs. I love trying new things and am continuously learning new techniques to enhance my jewelry designs.
I was born on the island of Malta located in the heart of the Mediterranean Sea. When I was six years old my immediate family and I moved to San Jose, California and I now currently live in beautiful Castle Rock, Colorado with my husband and three sons.
My passion for jewelry began as a child. I remember looking through my mother’s jewelry box with her and with each piece I pulled out she had a story to tell. My own jewelry collection grew quickly at a young age because it was quite customary that I would receive a piece of jewelry from family members to commemorate a special occasion. Even after leaving Malta I continued to receive jewelry as gifts from family. These pieces still spark memories and have great meaning to me.
I have always been creative, tinkering with this and that but jewelry-making captured my heart and is my restorative creative outlet. As a self-taught jewelry artisan, I love experimenting with materials, shapes, and textures. I love learning new ways to expand my jewelry-making skills. Color is everything to me and I continuously add new colors to my jewelry designs. When it comes to color, you could say I love the whole box of crayons!
It is very fulfilling to know that my wares are given as gifts or that someday they may be passed down; this fuels my desire to create. My goal is to offer you beautiful handcrafted pieces of jewelry that are unique as they are beautiful.
Thank you for your support, and I hope you will cherish my little treasures as much as I enjoy making them.
Over the last few years I have progressively been working on learning new metalworking techniques. I am continuously on the look out to keep learning everything I can so that I can offer you more choices. My latest endeavor is engraving, metal etching, and electro plating. Stay tuned as you will see many of these new endeavors I am learning used in new jewelry designs.