Bring on the Bling
When jewelry designer Vicki West began creating jewelry,
she discovered a world of sparkle and shine.
Her first creations were made by using jewelry from her grandmothers collection. While she enjoyed making necklaces and earrings, she also began collecting special pieces. As her collection grew, so did her knowledge of vintage and heirloom jewelry.
She can often identify the origin, maker, and value of a piece of fine costume jewelry. Vicki’s goal is to find unique pieces of jewelry and use them to create art. These one-of-a-kind art pieces are then framed in a protective shadowbox.
Vicki first began selling her jewelry on eBay where she remains a Top Seller of Vintage and Fine Jewelry—with over 17,000 100% positive feedback. Her success with this venue gave her the confidence to buy, sell, and design jewelry art pieces full time. As an expert in her field, Vicki also tests jewelry for their gold and silver content.
Her love of art and collecting came naturally as her father was also a collector and antique dealer. In 2016, when The Garage on 25 in Fletcher opened, Vicki, her two sisters, and their father all opened booths with art and collectibles to sell.
This is one talented, artistic, and creative family! Sadly, her father passed away in 2018. ‘The Clarence Powell Room’ was named after him as a tribute to his positive and happy attitude.
With the popularity of vintage and retro items, Vicki found a niche in creating framed jewelry art. She finds bits and baubles of costume jewelry and then creates something beautiful from them. With her creative designs, even broken pieces can be used. Her favorite artistic themes are found in nature: butterflies, trees, hummingbirds, pumpkins, and flower pots.
As a native of Western North Carolina, Vicki now lives in Henderson County with her husband, two cats, and one dog. They have 3 grown sons and one grandson.
Visit The Garage on 25 to see Vicki’s beautiful jewelry art. She also has a large inventory of gold, sterling, vintage, and designer costume jewelry available. This collection includes: brooches, earrings (pierced and hard to find clip-ons), necklaces, shoe clips, hair barrettes, and occasionally small ornate jewelry boxes.
Vicki does commission work and she will work with your own personal jewelry if the customer would like. Contact her for commission information: firstname.lastname@example.org