Welcome to Smashing Jewels!
My name is Candace Marsella, the designer behind Smashing Jewels. My passion for jewelry began at an early age surrounded by family in the antique, estate and jewelry manufacturing business. As I grew into adulthood my appreciation and love for jewelry intensified.
I knew after finishing a Liberal Arts undergraduate degree I would further my education at the Gemological Institute of America. GIA provided me not only with a knowledge base of color stone and diamond identification/grading, it also gave me a unique skill set that helped transition me into a career path with vast possibilities.
After ten years in the retail diamond industry and auction world I decided to change course into jewelry design. In 2004 Smashing Jewels became a reality. I set out to create a collection of jewelry that felt timeless, sophisticated, functional and classic. I draw many inspirations from antique jewelry and the natural beauty of stones. My collections showcase precious, semi precious stones and freshwater pearls hand fabricated with wire-working techniques and bench work skills. Each design is truly unique and one of a kind to be worn for any occasion.
Smashing Jewels designs can be found at Fortunate Discoveries a co-op for local artisans, independent boutiques and online at www.smashingjewels.com.