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My Story

Jen Lesea Designs

Are you a nature-lover?

An art-enthusiast?

A free-spirit?

Regardless of how you define yourself, I believe jewelry is a personal reflection of your beautiful self and can empower you to exude strength and confidence. Through pushing the boundaries in metalsmithing, I create conversation pieces that are inspired by the Rocky Mountains, the warm southwest desert landscape, and geometric elements. The result is that each piece I design has a story of authentic expression

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

As a little girl, I collected rocks, minerals, and seashells along the Northern California coast. 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: I received a diagnosis of bilateral hip dysplasia and had two periacetabular osteotomy (PAO) surgeries, so I decided to retire from my career in fitness and went 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 piece of jewelry.  The result is by blending unique metal textures with recycled sterling silver and ethically-sourced gemstones, I create jewelry that reflects the road less traveled. 

I invite you to explore my collections to find the piece that you will treasure for years to come.