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Florence, Italy: "A Thousand Joys" High-Quality, Original Jewelry by Joy Franklin

Updated on July 17, 2016

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Joy Franklin lives and works in Florence, Italy and can usually be found creating unique pieces of "wearable art" in her jewelry studio. She has always been passionate about art and cannot live without creating.

Joy grew up in Michigan and spent the summers camping in the woods where she found intricate beauty in the smallest details of nature. After obtaining a BFA in Michigan, she furthered her studies in New York and Maine before moving to Italy. Here in the Renaissance city of Florence, she fell in love with jewelry making and a certain Italian man (her husband).

Joy is inspired by all the historical ornamentation in Florence since its natural themes celebrate the minute beauty of life. She tries to capture this in her own work in the hope that the "thousands of joys" that are hidden in nature will reveal itself to the wearer of her unique pieces.

One of the things that impressed me when I first saw Joy's jewelry, was the attention to detail and the high quality of her work- not just in how its made, but also the material itself (silver). This is obviously an artist who takes great personal pride (and responsibility) in her jewelry designs. Just look at the extreme close-up photos and you know what I'm talking about. Pretty impressive pieces, aren't they?

If you do not live in Florence, don't worry. Joy's beautiful jewelry is now being offered at Anthropologie ( look for "A Thousand Joys") and on her etsy shop(AThousandJoys). As always, thank you for reading!

C. De Melo
Author & Artist


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      Marilyn Coffey 6 years ago

      This wonderful article is so right on. My daughter's work is so intricate and beautiful and I'm so very proud of her.

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      Pam Meinke 6 years ago

      Beautiful article, Joy! Congratulations...well deserved!