Jacolyn Campbell and gemstones were meant for each other. She’s been on a seemingly never-ending journey to find and showcase beautiful lapidary treasures.
Born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, Jacolyn found her way to the Blue Ridge Mountains on a cross-country road trip with her husband. A fateful stop was in Franklin, North Carolina, to dig for rubies and sapphires and garnets … just for fun. They had their favorite finds cut into a ring for Jacolyn. But it was really the start of a new life and calling.
After settling in Brevard, NC, Jacolyn embarked on a long study of gemological arts. She is active in the Henderson County Gem & Mineral Society, the William Holland School of Lapidary Arts, Brevard College, and the Eastern Federation of Mineralogical and Lapidary Societies. Over the years, Jacolyn has taken and taught many jewelry-making and design classes. She knows her stones, but its wire wrapping that is her forte.
Wire wrapping is one of the oldest jewelry-making techniques, dating back to 2000 BC. Jacolyn uses Argentium Silver (a modern sterling silver alloy that resists tarnishing) and 14K gold-filled wire — always to exquisite ends. With gemstones sourced from all over the world, Jacolyn’s award-winning creations are found in galleries, boutiques, and museums.
“I have a true love and knowledge of gemstones, seeing them come out of the earth, be cut into beautiful stones, and then having the privilege of making them into one-of-a-kind jewelry,” says Jacolyn.
Choose one of her pieces, and you’ve chosen well.