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Meet Adriane R Wiltse a.k.a. ARW Jewelry

Today we’d like to introduce you to Adriane R Wiltse.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Adriane. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
My journey has been a completely serendipitous one. Beginning my career as an engineer, I developed a close relationship with metals, plastics, and other materials. This love of materials and design, together with a long dream of self-expression led me to a path in jewelry making. My jewelry is a reflection of the juxtaposition of my formal education and my joy for art and self-expression and is designed to empower the wearer to tell their story.

Today, I design jewelry inspired by the rural Kansas plains of my past and the city skyline of my present. I have also begun to integrate my love for sculpture, painting and a deep commitment to ancestral healing into my work. My intention is to create pieces and space to empower not only myself but those around me to express their true spirit and tell their story. Currently, I am working on incorporating these additional mediums and look forward to sharing more alongside my established jewelry line.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Starting my own business and transitioning from engineer to artist has provided me with many uncomfortable experiences. The beauty in this is the opportunity to grow and continue to develop as a jeweler, artist, and businesswoman. In the beginning, one of my biggest challenges was building client relationships and brand awareness. Fortunately, Houston has an abundance of opportunity to do that. From monthly art markets to the Bayou City Arts Festival I have cultivated relationships throughout the city. It brings me great joy to work in our community and with my returning as well as new clients.

Please tell us about Adriane R Wiltse aka ARW Jewelry.
My jewelry is designed with the intention to empower the wearer to tell their story. I hand select each natural gemstone and use precious metals to create jewelry piece. I am most known for my use of large gemstones balanced by clean lines in sterling silver and gold. My work conveys a sense of joy, playfulness, and expression.

My engineering background and life experience allow me to meet each client where they are and assist them in selecting the perfect item. My attention to detail begins with the design and craftsmanship of the piece and is followed through to an individualized buying experience.

Reflecting on my four-year career as an artist, I am the proudest of myself for starting. Starting my artistic career was the hardest part because it meant walking away from a lucrative career as an engineer. Acceptance into Bayou City Arts Festival, a feature in the Houston Chronicle, and my continued relationships with clients and other artists reaffirm my decision to follow my heart and this career.

Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
My favorite childhood memories all revolve around the kitchen and family meals. Both sides of my family are large and resulted in gatherings full of laughter and scratch-cooked meals. The process of gathering veggies from the garden, making rolls or noodles from basic ingredients, all the steps are done with love and laughter, imprinted deeply on my passion for creating with my hands. Whether I am cooking for friends and family or creating artwork, my love-filled intentions are influenced by the generations of family I learned from as a child.

Pricing:

  • Sterling silver pieces starting at $35
  • 14k gold pieces begin at $145

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Image Credit:
Vee Ramos, Eric Tung

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