Hi! Thanks so much for stopping by! My name is Laurie Ellis and I'm from Memphis, TN! I'm a graduate of the University of Tennessee, with a Bachelor's degree in Dental Hygiene & was a practicing dental hygienist for many years. I'm also mother to two precious children, a girl & boy, who are my life!!!
I've had a creative side for as long as I can remember! From a VERY young age, I remember visiting my grandmother & being occupied for many hours, with a big white gift box, that was FULL of beads, sequins, pearls, buttons, thread & sewing needles! I would string these pretty materials, while imagining some lucky person wearing my "creation". Even then, I got so much enjoyment out of creating something beautiful from nothing!
Over my lifetime, because of my LOVE of "creating", I've taught myself to crochet, knit, needlepoint, cross-stitch, sew (drapes, pillows, duvets, children's clothing, etc!), smock, solder, build simple furniture, reupholster, repurpose, upcycle, paint, flower arrange, tie-dye, work with leather, party plan, elaborately decorate for local events, garden &, last but definitely not least, design & create jewelry!
In 2015, The High Cotton Collection was founded, with the encouragement of family and friends, who had bought my jewelry in years past. I love that I get to incorporate multiple self-taught skills & "hobbies", such as soldering, crocheting, leather working & upcycling, in my jewelry creations!
I use high quality materials & supplies, to create beautiful "bridge" jewelry...bridge jewelry is a type of jewelry that uses much higher quality materials than costume jewelry, but doesn't have the incredibly expensive price tag as "fine" jewelry. It's an attainable luxury for anyone wanting to collect premium-quality, exquisite pieces, without spending a fortune! Some of the materials I use are 14k gold-fill, sterling silver & vermeil, semi-precious stones (such as turquoise, amethyst, freshwater pearls, aquamarine & jade, among many others), wood, seashell, bone, coconut shell & other natural materials.
I create jewelry with a rustic, edgy, bohemian feel for a unique, elegant style! My goal is to give you gorgeous, high-quality jewelry, in the shortest possible time frame, because no one wants to wait a long time on their order, after selecting a piece that speaks to you! Customer service is of the utmost importance to me, so if you ever have a question or a concern, please feel free to contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks again for visiting my site!