This article applies to the jewelry industry just as much as the clothing industry! You don't want to support cheap manufacturing that uses dangerous materials like lead and nickel made with exploitative labor. Buying from independent brands like us gives you top quality materials at fair prices, and completely customizable jewelry that you will always love and be proud to wear! Buy local and handmade this season! <3
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In the winter of 2012 I was facing a pivotal time in my life. With just two more semesters of college left ahead of me, I was forced to face the pressing question of exactly how I was going to make my way in the world. As a college student at Western Michigan University, I had stubbornly pursued my passions instead of choosing a so-called “safe” career path. I was four years into my Bachelors of Fine Arts degree program in Art Education with a studio emphasis in Metals/Jewelry, about to begin two full semesters of (unpaid) student teaching. For...
We are Sarah and Brandon Lyons of LettersToSarah Metalsmithing. We've been by each others side for a decade, and have been working together creating and building LTS from the ground up since June of 2013- almost five years now. We started our jewelry business from scratch- investing our last dollars and building it tool by tool in our dingy garage in Kalamazoo, MI- and have grown it into our full time job, specializing in hand fabricated custom jewelry. We recently moved to a new location in Southfield, MI, where we are busy renovating our soon-to-be-gorgeous studio to include not just our metalsmithing, but also a showroom, classes, and DIY workshops.