About Jen Lesea Designs

Jen Lesea DesignsHi, I'm Jen.

I strive to create nature-inspired jewelry like nothing else. 

    Inspired by the mountains, the sun, and the gemstones created by Mother Nature, I create richly-textured modern jewelry - with a touch of rustic design - that connects you to the beauty of the outdoors, wherever you may be.

    I use a 20-step process which involves using only heat from my torch, no solder, to fuse the hand-cut pieces of recycled sterling silver to its silver base. Using traditional hand-fabrication metalsmithing techniques, the piece is finished by hand in my studio in Louisville, Colorado.

    My process is slow and sustainable; when you invest in one of my pieces, you will receive a little treasure that will last a lifetime. 

    My Story

    Jen Lesea Designs working

    I have always taken the road less traveled, a non-conformist of sorts.  Through many twists and turns, I returned home to my inner creative.

    As a little girl, I collected rocks, minerals, and seashells along the shores of the Bay Area in northern California. In school I excelled in science. With a formal education in Exercise Physiology, I took a detour from stone collecting and art and worked full time as a Personal Fitness Trainer and Triathlon Coach for 18 years. It wasn’t until November 2009 when I was inspired to pull some dusty gemstone beads out of the drawer and do something completely unrelated to work: I taught myself basic stringing and started making jewelry.

    At that moment, I reconnected with a part of myself that had been dormant for many years. Wanting more of a challenge, I studied metalsmithing at the Denver School of Jewelry Arts and fell in love with fusing sterling silver, which enables me to create one-of-a-kind textures. In 2014, I found myself at a crossroads with my career when I was diagnosed with bilateral hip dysplasia and labral tears.  After two hip preservation (PAO) surgeries, I decided to retire from my fitness career and go full-time with my jewelry business.

    I think about my story every time I sit down at my jeweler's bench to create a new design.  The result is by blending unique metal textures with recycled sterling silver and ethically-sourced gemstones, I create jewelry that has its own unique story and inspiration.

    I invite you to explore my collections to find the piece that you will treasure for years to come.  Please watch my maker's video, below, to learn more!