About Jen Lesea Designs

About Jen Lesea Designs Jewelry

Jen Lesea Designs Jewelry

As long as I can remember, I have been obsessed with textures.  To this day, I cannot resist touching a cashmere sweater or a silk scarf at a women's clothing boutique or a smooth gemstone at the Tucson Gem Show.  Each texture tells a story.    

My love for texture and the outdoors are the driving forces behind my jewelry designs.  As a former competitive triathlete and personal fitness trainer, I have spent countless hours running and cycling in the Rocky Mountains. 

Through pushing the boundaries in metalsmithing by fusing sterling silver, I create conversation pieces that are inspired by the Rocky Mountains, the southwest desert landscape, and geometric elements. Through my process of fusing sterling silver, I have the freedom to blend my love for texture and the beauty of Mother Nature to create modern jewelry that sparks curiosity and connection.

About the Designer: Jen Lesea-Ames

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.

Jen Lesea AmesAs 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.  See below video to learn more!  

Jen at work