Boutique Finds – Airy Heights Design
by Brigitta Wohlmuth
“If you truly love Nature, you will find beauty everywhere.” Vincent van Gogh
The above quote is basically Elisa Stubbs’ whole philosophy on life. But turning raw elements like fish bones, sea shells, oleander leaves, and cedar branches into luxurious, wearable jewellery is no small feat. “Hand crafted or made by hand, it’s always such a hard line” reflects the artist behind Airy Heights Design, regretting the ‘hobbyist’ connotation associated with those adjectives that describe her process. Inspired by nature, her sketches are then carved in wax and individually cast, or worked directly in metal by local Goldsmith, Lynn Morrell – whom she credits for helping “translate her designs” into fine jewellery with a modern, bohemian feel. You may have seen her collections before on display at select boutiques within the Hamilton Princess Hotel, Fairmont Southampton Hotel, and Rosewood Tuckers Point Resort – but there’s even more to explore online at airyheights.com. For those who favour a more intimate shopping experience, a private viewing can be arranged at her home studio.
Hypnotised by a rainbow of crystals, gemstones and geodes before me, on my visit I find myself gravitating towards nearly every Herkimer Diamond on her table. “It must mean something on a deeper level,” she tells me, testifying to the metaphysical properties of different stones and colours. She particularly enjoys these not-seen-but-felt aspects of working with the materials, all of which she sources personally. Through a decidedly minimalist design approach, her work allows the materials to speak for themselves – and those stones were practically singing to my soul on this occasion.
The former psychology major began studying more holistic schools of thought around the same time that she started making jewellery. “Friends of mine were training to become kinesiologists and I got into that too,” she tells me, she began to create prescribed pieces for friends and family “based on their needs” and today, a library full of books on essential oils, crystals and colour therapy is in her home, guiding her design process. ‘Wear in good health’ is the motto on her website, and due to the emphasis on the materials chosen, most pieces are truly one-of-a-kind, intended to serve as a personal talisman or good luck charm for the wearer. With each purchase you receive a card stating the inspiration behind the piece and the associated metaphysical properties, just for fun, she says “Whether they believe it or not, it can’t hurt, and if it makes you feel good that’s all that matters.”
To see more jewellery, call 441-333-1230 to arrange a viewing, or visit airyheights.com
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