© 2019 by Emily Wimbush for Augusta Designs. 

Emily Augusta Wimbush

I began creating jewelry when I was a child, collecting sea shells and sea glass from the beach near my home in south Florida and using them to create jewelry to give as gifts to my family and friends. In 1999, looking for a creative outlet from my corporate job in entertainment marketing and public relations, I found a way to combine my creative talent with a love of fashion and started my own jewelry line for wedding parties and special events. It wasn't long before people were recognizing my unique style of using an artistic combination of quality materials and detailed graphic patterns to create one-of-a-kind jewelry. After a great response to my designs, I decided to take the next step and start selling to local boutiques. The business grew rapidly and after only a few months, I decided to pursue it full time.

 

In 2005, Hurricane Katrina prompted me to move from New Orleans to Atlanta. When I began looking to purchase a home in Atlanta, I decided to search for a property that would allow me to continue my home-based business, but have a distinct area where I could meet clients who were looking for custom pieces while also being able to sell my jewelry in a retail store. The work-live townhomes at Kirkwood Station on the eastern side of downtown Atlanta were the perfect option.

 

Since moving to Atlanta, I've expanded my business by continuing my education, allowing me to use new techniques and materials to enhance my designs. I'm constantly experimenting with new techniques and materials so be sure to check back here often to see the latest designs or visit my store. I'm currently studying gemology through the Gemological Institute of America, working towards the distinction of graduate gemologist. As a certified PMC instructor, I hope to introduce jewelry making classes using this modern material as well as simpler techniques like beading, pearl knotting and making jewelry from recycled materials.