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Apr 8, 2015

by Katie Bly

Etsy.com handmade and vintage goods

Hello, my name is Katie. My husband Andy and I are the newlyweds behind Bly Design. We make jewelry from our sunny studio right here in North Carolina.

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With a background in classical piano, I have always had an artistic, creative spirit. I discovered my passion for jewelry design after coming across some old chandelier crystals in my late grandmother’s house. I was struck by the beauty of each crystal, and I yearned to create a necklace that would keep one close to my heart. Over the years, I began refining my techniques in metalwork and was overwhelmed by the response from my friends and family. I decided to launch Bly Design in 2009 as a way to make my pieces accessible to my fans.

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When I met Andy in 2012, we quickly bonded over a mutual love for creative, handmade goods. Since then, we’ve both quit our day jobs to work on Bly Design full time. We spend a lot of time studying metalwork from past eras and thinking of new ways to push the envelope. We are inspired by travel near or far – stepping out of the studio allows us to gain a new perspective and clear our minds.

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I tend to get ideas for designs at night, sometimes while dreaming. Andy and I discuss our dreams frequently, which often leads to collaboration. Sometimes we come up with designs that we don’t know how to execute, but that’s the fun part! We’re always learning in the studio – if we don’t know how to do it, we’ll figure it out. In fact, a lot of our original designs come from mistakes (like our resin opals, which now grace most of our collection!). We believe it’s important to allow ourselves the freedom to see mistakes as new avenues to explore. Even if it proves unsuccessful, we know we’re on the path to realizing our own unique potential.

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Etsy has given us a platform to sell products that come from our heart to people who appreciate handmade goods as much as we do. It has also enabled us to work from home full time, which gives us the ability to travel and live anywhere in the world. We are heavy dreamers, so our eyes are always looking to the future: right now, we are working on a bridal collection featuring moonstones and mixed metals. We never thought we would venture into the bridal industry, but after planning our own wedding, we realized there is a need for fresh ideas. We plan to launch a small collection of heirloom-quality hair accessories, necklaces and earrings at the end of April. Stay tuned!

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Photographs by Bly Design and Ariana Clare.

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Gold Initial necklace, vintage, 14k gold chain, brass, letter
Gold Initial necklace, vintage, 14k gold chain, brass, letter
Blydesign
$50.00 USD
Onyx cage ring, stone ring, thin // ECLIPSE RING
Onyx cage ring, stone ring, thin // ECLIPSE RING
Blydesign
$84.00 USD
stacking rings, brass, turquoise, hematite, arch, thin bands, open ring, sunburst, pear, trio // GOBI STACK
stacking rings, brass, turquoise, hematite, arch, thin bands, open ring, sunburst, pear, trio // GOBI STACK
Blydesign
$108.00 USD
Delicate layering necklaces, vintage, brass, gold, dainty
Delicate layering necklaces, vintage, brass, gold, dainty
Blydesign
$35.00 USD
Cactus necklace, 14k gold filled, plant necklace, delicate, tiny, succulent, desert, dainty necklace, boho // PETITE CACTUS NECKLACE
Cactus necklace, 14k gold filled, plant necklace, delicate, tiny, succulent, desert, dainty necklace, boho // PETITE CACTUS NECKLACE
Blydesign
$58.00 USD
Moonstone ring, three stone ring, sterling silver, statement ring // LUNA LUX RING
Moonstone ring, three stone ring, sterling silver, statement ring // LUNA LUX RING
Blydesign
$150.00 USD
Opalite ring, statement ring, quartz, point, crystal, opal, silver, brass // OPAL AXIS RING
Opalite ring, statement ring, quartz, point, crystal, opal, silver, brass // OPAL AXIS RING
Blydesign
$100.00 USD
tiny round opal stud earrings // PETITE OPAL STUDS
tiny round opal stud earrings // PETITE OPAL STUDS
Blydesign
$24.00 USD
Onyx ring, thin ring, dainty ring, stone ring, black, gold, brass, bezel // IN-ORBIT RING
Onyx ring, thin ring, dainty ring, stone ring, black, gold, brass, bezel // IN-ORBIT RING
Blydesign
$94.00 USD
OPAL SUNBURST NECKLACE  / opal brass large sunburst
OPAL SUNBURST NECKLACE / opal brass large sunburst
Blydesign
$110.00 USD
Geometric studs, sterling silver, turquoise // AMULET STUDS
Geometric studs, sterling silver, turquoise // AMULET STUDS
Blydesign
$84.00 USD
Neck Cuff, choker, sterling silver, turquoise, hammered, adjustable // CELESTIAL NECK CUFF
Neck Cuff, choker, sterling silver, turquoise, hammered, adjustable // CELESTIAL NECK CUFF
Blydesign
$120.00 USD
turquoise earring jackets, studs, tiny, sterling silver, chain, drop // APOLLO STUDS
turquoise earring jackets, studs, tiny, sterling silver, chain, drop // APOLLO STUDS
Blydesign
$68.00 USD
Garnet open ring, brass, gold, bezel, statement, cocktail, teardrop, pear // AURA OPEN RING
Garnet open ring, brass, gold, bezel, statement, cocktail, teardrop, pear // AURA OPEN RING
Blydesign
$105.00 USD
Cactus ring // gold, brass, cacti, succulent, plant, tiny ring
Cactus ring // gold, brass, cacti, succulent, plant, tiny ring
Blydesign
$48.00 USD
Labradorite ring, thin ring, dainty ring, stone ring, blue, gold, brass, bezel // IN-ORBIT RING
Labradorite ring, thin ring, dainty ring, stone ring, blue, gold, brass, bezel // IN-ORBIT RING
Blydesign
$94.00 USD
Stacking rings, opal, hammered, thin rings, dainty, delicate //  YOUR DAILY STACK
Stacking rings, opal, hammered, thin rings, dainty, delicate // YOUR DAILY STACK
Blydesign
$105.00 USD
Atlas Hair Pin // hair accessories, bridal jewelry, hair piece, hair fork, moonstone, silver, brass
Atlas Hair Pin // hair accessories, bridal jewelry, hair piece, hair fork, moonstone, silver, brass
Blydesign
$100.00 USD
Moonstone, bar ring, silver ring, bridal jewelry // ENCOMPASS RING
Moonstone, bar ring, silver ring, bridal jewelry // ENCOMPASS RING
Blydesign
$120.00 USD
Opal ring, statement ring, cocktail ring, resin ring, gold, adjustable // AURORA RING
Opal ring, statement ring, cocktail ring, resin ring, gold, adjustable // AURORA RING
Blydesign
$90.00 USD
Neck Cuff, choker necklace, wire necklace, open neck cuff, collar necklace // CELESTIAL NECK CUFF
Neck Cuff, choker necklace, wire necklace, open neck cuff, collar necklace // CELESTIAL NECK CUFF
Blydesign
$65.00 USD
OPAL SUNBURST NECKLACE  / opal brass large sunburst
OPAL SUNBURST NECKLACE / opal brass large sunburst
Blydesign
$110.00 USD
Moonstone, sterling silver, three stone, long necklace, drop necklace, bridal jewelry // LUNA LUX NECKLACE
Moonstone, sterling silver, three stone, long necklace, drop necklace, bridal jewelry // LUNA LUX NECKLACE
Blydesign
$266.00 USD
Turquoise cactus necklace, 14k gold, sterling silver, dainty
Turquoise cactus necklace, 14k gold, sterling silver, dainty
Blydesign
$88.00 USD
stacking rings, brass, turquoise, hematite, arch, thin bands, open ring, sunburst, pear, trio // GOBI STACK
stacking rings, brass, turquoise, hematite, arch, thin bands, open ring, sunburst, pear, trio // GOBI STACK
Blydesign
$108.00 USD
Onyx cuff, statement cuff, brass cuff, infinity, wire cuff, black // INFINITE ORBIT CUFF
Onyx cuff, statement cuff, brass cuff, infinity, wire cuff, black // INFINITE ORBIT CUFF
Blydesign
$230.00 USD
Moonstone Pendant, brass, sterling silver, triangle, snake chain, amulet, triangle necklace // MOONSTONE TAPER
Moonstone Pendant, brass, sterling silver, triangle, snake chain, amulet, triangle necklace // MOONSTONE TAPER
Blydesign
$240.00 USD
Moonstone, sterling silver, three stone, long necklace, drop necklace, bridal jewelry // LUNA LUX NECKLACE
Moonstone, sterling silver, three stone, long necklace, drop necklace, bridal jewelry // LUNA LUX NECKLACE
Blydesign
$266.00 USD
neck cuff, Sterling Silver, Moonstone, choker, bridal jewelry, bridal necklace // LUNAR NECK CUFF
neck cuff, Sterling Silver, Moonstone, choker, bridal jewelry, bridal necklace // LUNAR NECK CUFF
Blydesign
$110.00 USD
Hair Pin, moonstone, hairpin, hair accessories, bridal jewelry, hair piece, moonstone, silver, brass // AURES HAIRPIN
Hair Pin, moonstone, hairpin, hair accessories, bridal jewelry, hair piece, moonstone, silver, brass // AURES HAIRPIN
Blydesign
$100.00 USD
Opal ring, statement ring, cocktail ring, resin ring, gold, adjustable // AURORA RING
Opal ring, statement ring, cocktail ring, resin ring, gold, adjustable // AURORA RING
Blydesign
$90.00 USD
small, 14k gold, hoop, earrings, tiny, delicate, gold filled, triangle, rose gold, sterling silver
small, 14k gold, hoop, earrings, tiny, delicate, gold filled, triangle, rose gold, sterling silver
Blydesign
$30.00 USD
Opal Axis Ring // Black Onyx
Opal Axis Ring // Black Onyx
Blydesign
$100.00 USD
Opal ring, statement ring, cocktail ring, resin ring, gold, adjustable // AURORA RING
Opal ring, statement ring, cocktail ring, resin ring, gold, adjustable // AURORA RING
Blydesign
$90.00 USD
triangle, tube ring, adjustable, hammered, cuff ring, brass
triangle, tube ring, adjustable, hammered, cuff ring, brass
Blydesign
$40.00 USD
Cactus necklace, 925 sterling silver, plant necklace, delicate, tiny, succulent, desert, dainty necklace, boho // PETITE CACTUS NECKLACE
Cactus necklace, 925 sterling silver, plant necklace, delicate, tiny, succulent, desert, dainty necklace, boho // PETITE CACTUS NECKLACE
Blydesign
$58.00 USD
Choker, brass, neck cuff, sunburst, onyx, gold, adjustable, stone, chain // HELIOS NECK CUFF
Choker, brass, neck cuff, sunburst, onyx, gold, adjustable, stone, chain // HELIOS NECK CUFF
Blydesign
$144.00 USD
Galaxies apart Opal arm trio
Galaxies apart Opal arm trio
Blydesign
$120.00 USD
Snowflake Obsidian ring, point, crystal, statement, opal, sterling silver, brass, cocktail // OPAL AXIS RING
Snowflake Obsidian ring, point, crystal, statement, opal, sterling silver, brass, cocktail // OPAL AXIS RING
Blydesign
$100.00 USD
stacking rings, brass, turquoise, hematite, arch, thin bands, open ring, sunburst, pear, trio // GOBI STACK
stacking rings, brass, turquoise, hematite, arch, thin bands, open ring, sunburst, pear, trio // GOBI STACK
Blydesign
$108.00 USD
Onyx, cuff, bracelet, brass, sunburst, thin, stacking, wire // HELIOS CUFF
Onyx, cuff, bracelet, brass, sunburst, thin, stacking, wire // HELIOS CUFF
Blydesign
$90.00 USD
Moonstone open ring, chain ring, gold, brass, adjustable, bezel, two stone // BANDITS RING
Moonstone open ring, chain ring, gold, brass, adjustable, bezel, two stone // BANDITS RING
Blydesign
$98.00 USD
Onyx, necklace, sterling silver, brass, Pendant, snake chain, amulet, black, triangle, statement // FULL MOON PENDANT
Onyx, necklace, sterling silver, brass, Pendant, snake chain, amulet, black, triangle, statement // FULL MOON PENDANT
Blydesign
$288.00 USD
bar necklace, opal, stone, thin, dainty, 14k. gold filled necklace, layering necklace // DOWN THE LINE
bar necklace, opal, stone, thin, dainty, 14k. gold filled necklace, layering necklace // DOWN THE LINE
Blydesign
$66.00 USD
gold, hoop, earrings, tiny, delicate, gold filled, triangle, rose gold, sterling silver
gold, hoop, earrings, tiny, delicate, gold filled, triangle, rose gold, sterling silver
Blydesign
$30.00 USD
tiny necklace, opal, gold, aztec, layering, dainty, delicate // PETITE OPAL AMULET
tiny necklace, opal, gold, aztec, layering, dainty, delicate // PETITE OPAL AMULET
Blydesign
$70.00 USD
Opal ring, statement ring, cocktail ring, resin ring, gold, adjustable // AURORA RING
Opal ring, statement ring, cocktail ring, resin ring, gold, adjustable // AURORA RING
Blydesign
$90.00 USD
Cactus midi ring // sterling silver ring, cacti, succulent, plant, tiny ring, toe ring
Cactus midi ring // sterling silver ring, cacti, succulent, plant, tiny ring, toe ring
Blydesign
$50.00 USD
Midi ring, sterling silver, turquoise, hammered, adjustable, band // BLISS MIDI
Midi ring, sterling silver, turquoise, hammered, adjustable, band // BLISS MIDI
Blydesign
$55.00 USD
opal navette stud earrings // OPAL ABYSS STUDS
opal navette stud earrings // OPAL ABYSS STUDS
Blydesign
$47.50 USD
Labradorite open ring, brass, gold, bezel, statement, cocktail, teardrop, pear // AURA OPEN RING
Labradorite open ring, brass, gold, bezel, statement, cocktail, teardrop, pear // AURA OPEN RING
Blydesign
$105.00 USD
Labradorite, necklace, sterling silver, brass, Pendant, snake chain, amulet, triangle, statement // FULL MOON PENDANT
Labradorite, necklace, sterling silver, brass, Pendant, snake chain, amulet, triangle, statement // FULL MOON PENDANT
Blydesign
$288.00 USD
Moonstone, chain studs, tiny studs, stud earrings, 14k gold, brass, sterling silver // APOLLO STUDS
Moonstone, chain studs, tiny studs, stud earrings, 14k gold, brass, sterling silver // APOLLO STUDS
Blydesign
$80.00 USD
Neck Cuff, Onyx, brass, gold, dainty, chain cuff, collar necklace // BANDITS NECK CUFF
Neck Cuff, Onyx, brass, gold, dainty, chain cuff, collar necklace // BANDITS NECK CUFF
Blydesign
$160.00 USD
Moonstone earrings, drop earrings, hammered, brass, sterling silver, teardrop, stud, mixed metal // SWOON EARRINGS
Moonstone earrings, drop earrings, hammered, brass, sterling silver, teardrop, stud, mixed metal // SWOON EARRINGS
Blydesign
$110.00 USD
Moonstone earrings, drop earrings, hammered, brass, sterling silver, teardrop, stud, mixed metal // SWOON EARRINGS
Moonstone earrings, drop earrings, hammered, brass, sterling silver, teardrop, stud, mixed metal // SWOON EARRINGS
Blydesign
$110.00 USD
Cactus studs, sterling silver, gold, brass, tiny, dainty
Cactus studs, sterling silver, gold, brass, tiny, dainty
Blydesign
$48.00 USD
Cactus necklace, 925 sterling silver, plant necklace, delicate, tiny, succulent, desert, dainty necklace, boho // PETITE CACTUS NECKLACE
Cactus necklace, 925 sterling silver, plant necklace, delicate, tiny, succulent, desert, dainty necklace, boho // PETITE CACTUS NECKLACE
Blydesign
$58.00 USD
Onyx Stud earrings, bezel set, sterling, brass // IN-ORBIT STUDS
Onyx Stud earrings, bezel set, sterling, brass // IN-ORBIT STUDS
Blydesign
$129.00 USD
Onyx, necklace, sterling silver, brass, Pendant, snake chain, amulet, triangle, statement // FULL MOON PENDANT
Onyx, necklace, sterling silver, brass, Pendant, snake chain, amulet, triangle, statement // FULL MOON PENDANT
Blydesign
$288.00 USD

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