About Pauline's Jewelry Box

I started Pauline's Jewelry Box in 2012 in Des Moines, Iowa. I chose the name Pauline's Jewelry Box because my mother's name was Pauline & I have many fond memories of looking through her jewelry box & playing with her jewelry.


I sell my jewelry through art shows, local businesses, trunk shows and online. Businesses that carry my jewelry include Beaverdale Books (2629 Beaver Ave #1 in Des Moines) and Dorothea's Closet Vintage Clothing (1733 Grand Ave in Des Moines).  My jewelry is also available at the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden's Gift Shop (909 Robert D. Ray Drive, Des Moines). 


I also do custom work and can design a piece using elements you have or from my own collection or a combination. Please contact me if you are interested in either a trunk show or a custom piece.


I have always loved vintage, so it was natural when I started making jewelry that I was drawn towards using vintage elements and designing jewelry that has a vintage feel.


I especially like working with cameos, lockets, charms, old photos, watch parts, found objects & chains of different texture, size & color. I get my inspiration from nature, the symbolic meanings of the materials I use, & from the vintage objects themselves. My husband Steve is a great source of feedback.


I pick up broken jewelry, Cracker Jack/gumball charms & other found objects at garage sales, antique shops, flea markets, "junk" shows & on eBay. Friends have also given me their odds & ends, which makes a piece even more special.  Techniques include wire-wrapping, cold connections, riveting, stamping, silver foil frames, etching, & soldering.


My works vary from romantic to playful to edgy, but have a common theme of re-purposing & celebrating vintage. I like imagining the stories & memories that belong to each object I work with. Each piece of jewelry I design comes with a narrative that tells a story about the meaning &/or origin of its components.


To learn more about what inspires me & how I create my jewelry, feel free to explore my blog.  Feel free to contact me at any time if you have questions or comments.