Jennifer Nielsen Designs
My name is Jen Nielsen. I’m a metal smith by training, a Mainer by choice, and undeniably the luckiest person on Earth.
I’ve transformed my love of rocks and minerals into a profession that elevates uncommon beach pebbles in a way that showcases their natural allure.
I’ve been creating jewelry from beach pebbles since 1996. Walking the beaches, coves and craggy coastline around Portland, Maine, I search for my raw materials. Discovering and selecting the right stones is a deeply meditative process that keeps me grounded in the natural world. On the best days, these precious stones, sometimes ice cold and caked in red-brown, iron-heavy sand, transform before my eyes, conjuring into the art they will become.