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My Story


Do you love unique, one-of-a-kind jewelry with a vintage flair? If so, you’re in the right place – welcome to The Elegant Muse!

I began my adventure as a jewelry artist/designer in an unusual but interesting way. Many years ago both my husband and I were professional ballet dancers, and I still feel nostalgic when I remember wearing those magnificent, jewel-studded costumes. I try to capture that sense of remembered elegance to share with you through every piece I create.

My process starts with a treasure hunt through antique and consignment shops to search for unusual bits and pieces I can incorporate into my pendants. I love imagining where these no-longer-loved earrings, pins, bracelets, buttons and necklaces have ventured . . . and who wore them!

Once I have my “trove,” I spend many delightful hours designing and redesigning to get an arrangement (assemblage) that I hope will be the perfect finished piece. My dogs, Sparkle and Guinevere, typically oversee this stage while keeping my feet toasty warm under the worktable.


The last step, and one that makes your Elegant Muse piece even more unique, is to crochet pearls or semi-precious stones for the “chain” part of each necklace. Having spent many years knitting and crocheting, I adore this part of the process!

One final touch . . . by giving each necklace its own performing arts name along with a short bio, history, or even some entertaining trivia, I truly hope wearing your one-of-a-kind or limited edition Elegant Muse piece helps you feel unique, special, and of course, elegant.

Many blessings,

Suzanne W. Paynter

Owner, Artist/Designer