circle of multi-colored gemstone cube beads on copper links

About

jewelry artist + gemstone intuitive.
revives surplus/discarded stuff and reclaimed metals,
then adds gemstones associated with lore & healing energy.
pretty + powerful

Amy A Jewelry

a white table with a sketchbook of jewelry drawings gemstones on it. jewelry making tools and gemstones are around and on the sketchbook.

Amy A Jewelry (formerly Amy Cousin Jewelry) has two collections that frequently borrow from and complete each other:

In the Gemstone Energy collection, Amy creates energetically connected jewelry using ethically sourced gemstones and reclaimed metals. Gemstone energy has been acknowledged and used throughout time and cultures. They have been used as energy sources, healing tools, as well as pretties that inspire and delight us. Amy’s Gemstone Energy pieces are not intended to do the work for the wearer, but to remind them to tap into that energetic association to find the power within the wearer – oh yes, it’s there!

The Upcycled Collection is all about taking the most unusual items, things that are often easily discarded such as computer motherboards, silverware, metal underwires for bras, car and bike parts, and vintage glass Mardi Gras beads. The more I work with these items, the more I draw on the memories of what they once meant to the owner. There are stories behind the elements of pieces in the Upcycled Collection, which makes them excellent conversation starters.

Both collections are created using recycled and reclaimed precious metals as well as gemstones that are sourced from ethical suppliers unless otherwise noted, as with some vintage elements.

Amy Black woman with natural hair and wearing a gray shirt smiling

I use all the tools, techniques, and materials that I can get my hands on.
~ Amy

Amy Wilderson Cousin is a Minneapolis-raised jewelry artist and teaching artist. 

Before focusing on jewelry as art, Amy owned and operated a brick & mortar book, gift, and art boutique in both Minneapolis, Minnesota (Sirius Books and Essence) and Rock Hill, South Carolina (Sirius Mind and Body), where she made jewelry as a sideline to the business. She also homeschooled her five children at the shops.

In her previous life, Amy worked at Zales Jewelers in New Orleans, Louisiana; was a consultant to the Women’s Bureau of The United States Department of Labor during the development of the Work and Family Clearinghouse, and was a Senior Community Health Worker for the Hennepin County Healthcare for the Homeless Project in Minneapolis.

She is currently a teaching artist trained in Creative Aging techniques. Amy graduated from Tulane University with a bachelor of arts degree in communication.

Amy is a member of the SistaSmiths jewelry artist collective, the Black In Jewelry Coalition, MN Artists, Metalsmith Society, and the Northside Artspace Lofts community

Amy Cousin is a 2020 – 2021 grant awardee from
The Minnesota State Arts Board
CERF+
United States Artists
Springboard for the Arts