My jewelry business literally started with a bag of "trash". A friend of mine was clearing out a relative's basement, and anything I didn't take home with me was going to be donated or thrown away. That day I came home with a contractor sized bag of partial leather hides and scraps. That unassuming bag of color, texture and wonderful smells changed the path of my life and cemented one of the main values of my business - reducing waste by purchasing my leather second hand.
That bag is where it all started, and ever since then I have made it a priority to continue sourcing leather from artisans and companies who have already used the portion of the hide that they needed. I call the leftovers that I use salvaged leather. I salvage the remnants and create something new. Obtaining materials from a variety of sources allows me to offer unique and sometimes very limited edition pieces. It feels like a win/win to me because some pieces are just a little more special when you know there were only a few produced AND every single piece has been diverted from a landfill and made into something beautiful.
Each and every piece of Maebel jewelry is handcrafted with bold simplicity and attention to detail by me in small batches inside my home studio located in Milwaukee's Golden Valley neighborhood. I believe jewelry is an accessible, delightful way to express personal style and add beautiful design to your daily life. Wearing Maebel jewelry allows you to be bold yet lovely, simple yet unique.