ESB Jewelry is a design studio that makes handmade contemporary jewelry for conscious customers who like unique, bold and easy to wear pieces.
Every piece of jewelry is handmade by Erica Stankwytch Bailey at her studio just outside of Asheville, NC.
In this space, each piece of jewelry is meticulously planned, from the sketching to finishing and everything in between.
Every design is unique, because each piece is made by hand with recycled sterling silver and carefully sourced gemstones.
Like all artists, Erica’s work has and will continue to evolve throughout the years. However the aesthetic at the core of her work is easy to identify.
Erica sees a strong relevance for the smallest things within the larger context. Understanding the elemental building blocks of metals and minerals is the foundation of her jewelry. You can see how she replicates the molecular and crystalline structure of the materials she uses into the architectural shapes of her jewelry, turning these natural characteristics into spectacular pieces of wearable art.
Growing up, Erica was always elbow deep in some creative endeavor or another. Before she even knew what being a maker was, she knew she wanted to be one. She had the opportunity to attend the North Carolina School of the Arts where she spent two years. It was during this time that she got her first taste of metal-smithing. Something about the malleability of the metal just enamored her. With her focus set, she received a BFA in Metal Design from East Carolina University. After graduation, Erica began teaching metal-smithing and jewelry fabrication courses at a local community college.
In 2004 (over 15 years ago for those of you who aren't interested in counting) Erica changed gears from teaching to creating and selling contemporary sterling silver jewelry. While they don’t teach you to run a business in art school, Erica stood up to the challenge and created the woman owned and operated business you see today. Her life consists of creative days in her home studio, cherished time with her three children and husband, traveling adventures, vegan and gluten free cooking, and quiet moments reflecting on the inspirations found in the smallest of things.
While the bulk of the business is run by Erica, no woman is an island. Erica would not be where she is today without the love and support of her family and friends. From her husband who helped construct her studio, to her children who fill it with joy. Not to mention her maker friends who understand the struggle and success of this business and are there for encouragement, support and brainstorming.
In 2019 Erica added a Studio Manager to the team. Even though “Studio Manager” is her title, Dana Schiffman is more like a webmaster, photography pro, efficiency and organizational expert, copywriter extraordinaire, as well as an excellent motivator, cheerleader and taskmaster (in the nicest way, of course). Customers may have seen or spoken with Dana at a show, on Instagram, or through email. But one thing is for sure, the Erica & Dana team make ESB Jewelry a stronger and more fun place to work.