jules hand fabricated artisan jewelry line is inspired by organic imperfections in nature; deep color variations of gemstones, rich textures of raw minerals and blemishes on hand-hammered metals. we select the finest metals, precious gemstones and unusual minerals to create modern, unique jewelry. jules pairs eclectic materials with distinctive metalsmithing techniques to produce inherently one-of-a-kind pieces.
A native Chicagoan, jules discovered her love of baubles and jewels from her maternal grandmother, Eleanor. As a young girl, jules relentlessly raided grandma’s magical jewelry boxes and overflowing closet, draping herself in the beautiful gems, pearls, chains, heels and handbags from her world travels. Her father’s childhood nickname for Julie was even “jewelry.”
Chasing a dream, Julie Schwanbeck launched jules in 2007. The eponymous jewelry line immediately caught the eye of high-end boutiques, department stores and was featured at Chicago Fashion Week. jules rapid-fire growth has been chronicled in Women’s Wear Daily, People Magazine, OK Magazine, Chicago Social, Every Day with Rachael Ray, Clubline Magazine, The Chicago Tribune, The Red Eye, The Rachael Ray Show and Lucky Magazine.
Suddenly, jules was sidelined with a major injury in early 2008 - three herniated discs and a diagnosis that put her life on hold for nearly an entire year. Jules endured two consecutive spinal fusions, all the while keeping her business and spirits afloat by designing and fabricating when her family wasn't looking. With a snazzy titanium spine and a studio full of fresh designs, 2009 finds jules new and improved...picking back up where life left off, feeling better and shining brighter.
From her studio in Wicker Park, jules and her team design and create every piece of jewelry by hand and wouldn’t have it any other way. jules wraps, weaves, solders and hammers precious metals, gemstones and minerals, hand selecting all stones such as black diamonds, sapphires, amethyst, rubies, kyanite, tourmaline and druzies to create unique artisan jewelry.
jules designs are chic, modern, timeless and meant to be worn anytime, everywhere. We hope you feel better and shine brighter in jules.