Sydney Strong was born in Greenville, SC. She attended the College of Charleston, where she also played on the women’s soccer team. Sydney graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in studio art with a concentration in photography. In 2017, Sydney received a graduate gemologist degree from the Gemological Institute of America, one of the most respected colored gemstone labs in the world, and is qualified to appraise, grade, and determine the quality of gemstones. As the manager of llyn strong Fine Art Jewelry, Sydney oversees the staff, sales, and handles the bookkeeping. She also performs appraisals on all jewelry purchased at the store. Her gemstone favorites are tourmaline and colored diamonds. Combining her love of color and love of layering with simplicity of design, Sydney’s own line of contemporary jewelry features precious metals and colored diamonds. Her work is available in-store and online.
Erin Stuart was born in Greenville, SC. She graduated from Greenville’s Fine Arts Center with a concentration in metals and then received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Winthrop University with dual concentration in sculpture and metals. As the head goldsmith at llyn strong Fine Art Jewelry, Erin devotes much of her time to casting and fabricating mounts and setting stones. She is also in charge of our social media. Erin’s favorite gemstone is sapphire in all of its hues. She is also fascinated with rose-cut gemstones. Since working at the store, Erin has developed her own line of jewelry, which she calls wearable sculptures. Consisting primarily of oxidized sterling silver, 14k gold, and laser-sintered nylon, her work is available in-store and online.
Kate Worthen was born in Greenville, SC. She graduated from the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities with a concentration in metals. She then attended Furman University where she received a Bachelor of Arts in studio art with a concentration in sculpture. Kate is a master CAD (computer-aided design) and CAM (computer-aided manufacture) technician, which means that she applies cutting-edge, modeling techniques via computer and 3D printer to actualize llyn’s jewelry designs. Of her jewelry preferences, Kate prefers rings, “because I like to be able to look at my jewelry while I wear it.” Her favorite gemstone is opal (it’s also her birth stone), and she is also drawn to gemstones in earth-tone hues.
Faron Justice was born in Greenville, SC. She was introduced to jewelry making through her education at Greenville’s Fine Arts Center. In her senior year of high school, she interned for llyn before joining our staff full-time. The newest member of our staff, Faron is our assistant goldsmith. She also manages our online inventory. Pink is Faron’s favorite color, so it’s no surprise that morganite is her gemstone of choice. Her top pick of gemstone cut is pear-shapes. Faron is developing designs for her own line of jewelry.