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Fern Street Designs by Cara Stimmel

American Made Since 2008

Cara Stimmel

Hartford, Connecticut
Fern Street Designs by Cara Stimmel is an eclectic collection of limited edition vintage assemblage jewelry all handmade in Hartford, CT.

Tell us about your business.

Cara Stimmel was born during an era of innovation, at a time when grand craftsmanship and intricate artisan work had fallen by the wayside. Growing up in the bedroom community of Queens, surrounded by her parents' social circle of artists, writers, and decorators, Cara's imagination was sculpted with encouragement for free thinking and self-expression. This exposure to master craftsmen and great art created the foundation for her unique aesthetic, not only in her jewelry design, but in all aspects of her life. In 1987, Cara opened her first factory, Cara Stimmel, LTD., to produce larger quantities of her jewelry. She sold her line to department and specialty stores world wide, producing it all in house. After decades of adhering to dictated trends and the hectic schedules of Fashion Week, Cara decided to take a fresh approach to her jewelry, and Fern Street Designs by Cara Stimmel was born.

What makes your business stand out?

Fern Street Designs by Cara Stimmel is an organic, free form collection, created by hand, with intricate vintage parts collaged together in what Cara refers to as "assemblage." Reusing and recycling come naturally to her, so she utilizes found objects, highlighting them as the jewels in her pieces. Manipulating abstract parts into different entities produces a Steampunk vibe in many of her creations. There is nothing like a Fern Street Designs original!

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