Staff

jewelry artists on staff

llyn strong

llyn strong

llyn strong is a jewelry artist, wife, mother, business owner, and South Carolina native who embraces traditional approaches and new technologies to create truly unique, wearable art. An award-winning jeweler, llyn strong has been described as a “jewelry artist with an eye for life.” She made her first piece of jewelry in 1972, which kicked off a now 40-year career. She works in her own art jewelry gallery and studio in downtown Greenville, alongside her daughter, transforming colored gemstones and precious metals into memorable, timeless pieces of art jewelry.

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sydney strong

sydney strong

Sydney Strong was born in Greenville, SC and moved to Charleston, SC to attend and play soccer at the College of Charleston. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art, with a concentration in Photography. Sydney lived in Charleston for 10 years, teaching soccer to children, before moving back to Greenville to work for her mom, llyn. She manages employees, sales, and bookkeeping. With a graduate gemologist degree from the Gemological Institute of America, Sydney is able to appraise, grade, determine the quality of stones and has also started her own line that she designs and makes, which is available in-store and online.

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erin stuart

erin stuart

Erin Stuart was born in Greenville, SC. She graduated from the Fine Art Center in 2010 with a concentration in Metals and then received her Bachelor of Fine Art from Winthrop University with a dual-concentration in sculpture and metals. After college, Erin’s interest evolved from purely sculptural work to jewelry, which she thinks of as wearable sculptures. In addition to being our head goldsmith, she designs and creates her own line of jewelry consisting primarily of oxidized sterling silver, 14k gold, and laser-sintered nylon. Outside of the studio, Erin enjoys spending time with her fiance, Camdon, and two dogs, Chicken and Dookie.

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kate worthen

kate worthen

Kate Worthen was born in Greenville, SC. She graduated from the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities in 2009 with a concentration in Metals and then from Furman University in 2013 with a BA in visual arts and a concentration in sculpture. She is a master CAD technician, practicing cutting edge 3d modeling techniques to actualize llyn’s designs. Kate spends her spare time playing board games, reading, and hanging out with her boyfriend, Nathan, and cat, Obi-Wan.

faron justice

faron justice

Faron Justice is our assistant goldsmith and newest employee. She was introduced to jewelry making through her education at the Fine Arts Center in Greenville, SC. In her senior year of high school, she interned for llyn strong before landing a full-time position. Faron plans to further her training at New Approach School for Jewelers in Arrington, TN. Pink is her favorite color, so it’s no surprise a pink sapphire is her gemstone of choice. Outside of jewelry making, Faron enjoys spending time with Alex, her smoosh-face cat.