Jaime Faulkner

Metal / Brandon, MS

Artist Statement

I think I began learning my craft when I learned how to see. The world for me was always about patterns and colors, not just shapes and objects. When I was very young my two favorite things were to take pieces of metal, old screws, rusty nails, and other items from my father’s junk drawer and arrange them together in elegantly intertwined sets. While my friends played with Legos and Barbie’s, I was fashioning metal screws, bolts, and wingnuts into fantastic shapes. My other favorite activity was collecting, cataloging, and studying rocks. Since I grew up on a gravel drive, my first “stones” were agates and chunks of quartz, which I learned how to tumble and polish in a small rock tumbler. Later, I learned to place these tumbled stones together with the rough pieces of metal I loved to make very rustic jewelry. And basically, this has continued the remainder of my life.
I still love to study rocks, but now the rocks are the semi-precious and precious varieties, although I still retain a soft spot for agates and quartzes, as they return me to the child I was on that gravel driveway, amazed at all the shapes and colors of the seemingly endless driveway. Studying rocks now means knowing more about the Mohs’ hardness level, or the best way to show off a stone’s scintillating display of color through faceting, than about just color and shape, but those fundamentals I learned as a child with my rock tumbler and rudimentary jewelry findings serve me to this day.
Later, as I realized that my love of crafting wearable art could become a business, I began participating in crafts fairs and pop-up boutiques. I won the “Best in Category” award at the Cotton District Arts Festival in 2015. I started taking business classes to hone skills needed to be an independent craftsman, and I enrolled in art classes to further refine my artistic skills. I recently finished as a student at the New Orleans School of Metalsmithing, where I took classes in metalsmithing of brass, silver, bronze and copper. Every day is a new adventure in creating; every stone inspires creativity to present it in a way that improves upon the way it was found in nature.

I believe that my family has influenced what I do more than anything. They have helped nurture this talent and to expand it to what it is today. Coming from an artistic family I believe that this is in my blood. My mother was an Art History major in college and my father is a craftsman with wood and has built almost all of our furniture in our houses growing up and has held jobs all related to building and creating things. That has always been our bread and butter. When I began working with jewelry it was the most natural thing that had ever come to me. I’ve always had tremendous support from the two of them and they have helped hone skills. My family has worked together on several different projects and we learn from each other and push each other to be better as not only artists, but as people in general and to incorporate that into work.

The wearable works of art that I create are completely unique, just as their owners are. No designs I make are ever replicated exactly, as each stone, pearl, gem, or mineral determines its setting. I never make runs of jewelry or copy designs repetitively. Reflecting an attitude about life, I create jewelry for women and men who know style and value tradition, but are comfortable enough in their own skins to bend traditional style by choosing perhaps a faceted Peruvian opal matched with copper over a more traditional polished opal set in silver. For me, however, to revere historical design means to transfer it to today's creations instead of treating it as a museum relic. Traditions continue in the present because people put their own personal stamp on them and incorporate them into their own lives to create a connection and an appreciation for the past, and I continue that legacy with my jewelry.


Born in May of 1987 in Aberdeen, MS, I have been honing my craft since childhood. I attended schools in Aberdeen, MS, and Madison, MS, and graduated from Madison-Ridgeland Academy in 2005. After junior college at Hinds Community College and at Blackstone Institute, I acquired a paralegal degree. However, jewelry making stole my heart more than legal work, and I started Let It Be Yours Jewelry in 2013. Beginning with entries in small festivals and fairs, I worked on my craft and improved my skills. I began attending larger festivals, and this year I qualified for membership in the Mississippi Craftsmen's Guild. I attended classes at the New Orleans School of Metalsmithing, where I was deeply immersed in learning about brass, silver, bronze, and copper and their uses in jewelry. I currently display in several galleries around the South, and I continue monthly festivals and fairs to display my art.