Louise Abroms


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Written by Brett Levine   Photography by Beau Gustafson

For Louise Abroms, making jewelry is about feeding her creative spirit. “I began by studying interior design at the University of Alabama,” she explains, “but my jewelry career started 14 years ago.” And what a career it has been. From selling her first pieces at etc… in Mountain Brook to being featured in the very pages of this magazine in the “I’ve Seen That Face Before” fashion feature this past May, Abroms’ jewelry spans the realm from the traditional to the contemporary and seemingly everything in between.

What makes her pieces special is her emphasis on handmade, one-off works that are both accessible and exceptional. “This isn’t costume jewelry,” she laughs. “I always work with semi-precious stones, freshwater pearls, and either sterling silver or gold vermeil. I’m also particularly fond of pyrite—fool’s gold—which can look beautiful. I think of every piece as unique, so when I go to market I pick everything by hand.”

Her love of craft and design is clear in the necklaces, earrings, and bracelets that emerge from her studio every season. Rather than work as a production designer, making then remaking familiar pieces, Abroms loves the challenge of creating something fresh. “You have to move on to the next thing,” she explains. “If you’re a designer, people really want to see the newest and latest works.” Of course, for Abroms this is not so much a challenge as it is a pleasure. “I keep up with fashion for my jewelry and for my compositions,” she smiles. “Some natural elements, like pearls, seem perfect for every season. But at other times, you must really be aware of what works well. Lighter and brighter stones are great for spring and summer, while darker shades seem to lend themselves better for fall.”

Yet it is not just the process of creating that inspires Abroms to sit down at her workbench every day. Instead, it is the spirit of giving and joy of creating that compel her to do what she does. “Part of my love of making is how much joy it brings me to see it on a happy customer,” she remarks. This idea is brought to life in her Keōzo line of bracelets, which mesh the qualities of specific natural stones with a refined simplicity of design. “I think there’s nothing more beautiful than nature,” she explains. “I love the process of getting something from my head to my hands, and I think the creative process shares part of your soul.”

Being driven by the beauty of the creative process, Abroms is always excited to sit down and get to work. “From the outset, my goal was always to make one-of-a-kind pieces, and it feels like every time I sit down I am ready to change. What is even better is that every time I finish for the day, I never feel like I’m done.”

Abroms’ works can be found at B. Prince, where she is featured in several trunk shows each year. “I love having the opportunity to build relationships locally, and to enjoy the support of people and businesses in the Birmingham community.” Clearly the feeling is mutual.

So, from her beginnings in interior design, through a series of varied creative careers, Louise Abroms found her true passion creating beautiful, accessible, and unique jewelry. Driven by her love of the natural world, and her belief in creating new and unique pieces, every day is an opportunity. Perhaps she can put it the most simply: “There is always something new I want to make.”

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