Bamabelle handmade jewelry is edgy, funky, earthy and feminine. Rough cut stones, distressed leather and textured metals are used, as imperfections are the creative motivator. Simply put, perfection is boring—things (and people) that are flawed, are unique and thus interesting and beautiful. Elements collected from travels are often incorporated—sea glass from California and the Mediterranean Sea, hand blown glass from Italy, even found stones from rural Alabama. Vintage elements might be upcycled into fresh pieces, and a wide variety of natural semi-precious stones, bone, brass, silver, and unique exotic imported elements are also used. The idea is to create pieces that have a story behind them. From Yak bone, to abalone shell, to Tibetan dyed agate—unique, eclectic elements are used to craft unique, eclectic jewelry—for people who appreciate the inherent beauty in the unusual. The ‘bamabelle ROCKS’ line features recycled guitar string jewelry, lyric dog tags, and guitar pick jewelry. Karan Zielke, bamabelle owner/designer is a self-taught folk art jewelry artisan. Originally from Alabama, she embraces her southern roots and makes no apologies for them, hence her business name. Karan works out of her home studio, in Roswell, GA, where in addition to bamabelle, she stays busy with her husband, 3 kids, and a big clumsy Labrador. In her spare time, she enjoys exercise, travel, college football, music, and sewing.
Since most pieces are one of a kind, only a limited selection is offered online. Bamabelle pieces come in a hand stamped pouch, sewn by the designer.