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Back to the Tribe with Jewelry – An Ethnic Journey Into the Past and Around the World

Asheville, NC jewelry artist, Julie Merrill, owner of JL Merrill Metalworks, is a fascinating woman with a lot of talent in the art of creation. Julie expresses her passions for the planet, people, ancient cultures, art, fashion, spirituality and the divine feminine through the innovate design of a variety of collections of tribal and ethnic jewelry.

After 3 trips in her adult life to various regions of Africa, Julie has developed a passion for the tribal and indigineous cultures that are so far removed from Western American civilization, and more pure in their connections to the divine, planet, animals, community, and life as a whole. She appreciates their individuality, confidence in themselves, and strong identities that have been rooted and born in stories of their ancestors passed down.

When you study the jewelry produced at JL Merrill Metalworks, the tribal flare and ethnic vibes are loud and clear, and present a beautiful alternative to modern fine jewelry that is commonplace and not very unique. Julie’s jewelry is absolutely standout unique and amazing.

From necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and much, much more, to Julie, these are not just wearable fashion pieces. Each piece is handcrafted and built out of love and appreciation for the strong roots within the heart, mind and soul of Julie, as well as all of the beautiful people that have influenced her along her paths and journey.

Here are a few examples of her work:

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