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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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stacking rings, brass, turquoise, Malachite, arch, thin bands, open ring, sunburst, pear, trio // GOBI STACK
stacking rings, brass, turquoise, Malachite, arch, thin bands, open ring, sunburst, pear, trio // GOBI STACK
Blydesign
$128.00 USD
Moonstone ring, three stone ring, 925 sterling silver, statement ring // LUNA LUX RING
Moonstone ring, three stone ring, 925 sterling silver, statement ring // LUNA LUX RING
Blydesign
$150.00 USD
Delicate layering necklaces, vintage, brass, gold, dainty
Delicate layering necklaces, vintage, brass, gold, dainty
Blydesign
$35.00 USD
Moonstone Stud earrings, bezel set, sterling, brass // IN-ORBIT STUDS
Moonstone Stud earrings, bezel set, sterling, brass // IN-ORBIT STUDS
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$129.00 USD
tiny round opal stud earrings // PETITE OPAL STUDS
tiny round opal stud earrings // PETITE OPAL STUDS
Blydesign
$24.00 USD
sterling silver, open cuff, adjustable cuff, moonstone, bracelet // ALWAYS CUFF
sterling silver, open cuff, adjustable cuff, moonstone, bracelet // ALWAYS CUFF
Blydesign
$308.00 USD
Delicate layering necklaces, vintage, brass, gold, dainty
Delicate layering necklaces, vintage, brass, gold, dainty
Blydesign
$35.00 USD
Moonstone ring, thin ring, dainty ring, stone ring, gold, brass, silver, bezel // IN-ORBIT RING
Moonstone ring, thin ring, dainty ring, stone ring, gold, brass, silver, bezel // IN-ORBIT RING
Blydesign
$98.00 USD
Labradorite Stud earrings, bezel set, sterling, brass // IN-ORBIT STUDS
Labradorite Stud earrings, bezel set, sterling, brass // IN-ORBIT STUDS
Blydesign
$129.00 USD
opal triangle post stud earrings, brass, brushed // OPAL TAPER
opal triangle post stud earrings, brass, brushed // OPAL TAPER
Blydesign
$48.00 USD
vintage opal sunburst brass necklace, 14k. gold filled necklace // OPAL RAYS
vintage opal sunburst brass necklace, 14k. gold filled necklace // OPAL RAYS
Blydesign
$52.00 USD
Moonstone ring, three stone ring, brass, statement ring // LUNA LUX RING
Moonstone ring, three stone ring, brass, statement ring // LUNA LUX RING
Blydesign
$130.00 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
tiny round opal stud earrings // PETITE OPAL STUDS
tiny round opal stud earrings // PETITE OPAL STUDS
Blydesign
$24.00 USD
Clear Quartz Axis Cuff // crystal, spotted, stone, point, wand, wire cuff, brass, silver
Clear Quartz Axis Cuff // crystal, spotted, stone, point, wand, wire cuff, brass, silver
Blydesign
$115.00 USD
Clear Quartz Axis Cuff // crystal, spotted, stone, point, wand, wire cuff, brass, silver
Clear Quartz Axis Cuff // crystal, spotted, stone, point, wand, wire cuff, brass, silver
Blydesign
$115.00 USD
Clear Quartz Axis Cuff // crystal, spotted, stone, point, wand, wire cuff, brass, silver
Clear Quartz Axis Cuff // crystal, spotted, stone, point, wand, wire cuff, brass, silver
Blydesign
$115.00 USD
Clear Quartz Axis Cuff // crystal, spotted, stone, point, wand, wire cuff, brass, silver
Clear Quartz Axis Cuff // crystal, spotted, stone, point, wand, wire cuff, brass, silver
Blydesign
$115.00 USD
Labradorite Stud earrings, bezel set, sterling, brass // IN-ORBIT STUDS
Labradorite Stud earrings, bezel set, sterling, brass // IN-ORBIT STUDS
Blydesign
$129.00 USD
Sterling Silver stacking rings, arch band, open ring, stacking bands
Sterling Silver stacking rings, arch band, open ring, stacking bands
Blydesign
$62.00 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
Turquoise Pendant, sterling silver, geometric, layering, necklace // KALAHARI NECKLACE
Turquoise Pendant, sterling silver, geometric, layering, necklace // KALAHARI NECKLACE
Blydesign
$102.00 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
Choker, brass, neck cuff, sunburst, moonstone, gold, adjustable, stone, chain // HELIOS NECK CUFF
Choker, brass, neck cuff, sunburst, moonstone, gold, adjustable, stone, chain // HELIOS NECK CUFF
Blydesign
$144.00 USD
Onyx open ring, chain ring, gold, brass, adjustable, bezel, two stone // BANDITS RING
Onyx open ring, chain ring, gold, brass, adjustable, bezel, two stone // BANDITS RING
Blydesign
$98.00 USD
Labradorite cuff, statement cuff, brass cuff, infinity, wire cuff // INFINITE ORBIT CUFF
Labradorite cuff, statement cuff, brass cuff, infinity, wire cuff // INFINITE ORBIT CUFF
Blydesign
$230.00 USD
Halo Cuff, bracelet, labradorite, wire, thin, dainty, delicate, stacking
Halo Cuff, bracelet, labradorite, wire, thin, dainty, delicate, stacking
Blydesign
$78.00 USD
Moonstone, cuff, bracelet, brass, sunburst, thin, stacking, wire // HELIOS CUFF
Moonstone, cuff, bracelet, brass, sunburst, thin, stacking, wire // HELIOS CUFF
Blydesign
$90.00 USD
Moonstone cuff, statement cuff, brass cuff, infinity, wire cuff // INFINITE ORBIT CUFF
Moonstone cuff, statement cuff, brass cuff, infinity, wire cuff // INFINITE ORBIT CUFF
Blydesign
$230.00 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
Halo Cuff, bracelet, onyx, wire, thin, dainty, delicate, stacking
Halo Cuff, bracelet, onyx, wire, thin, dainty, delicate, stacking
Blydesign
$78.00 USD
open cuff, onyx, bracelet, thin cuff, adjustable, stacking, stone, bezel, dainty, tiny, delicate // IN ORBIT CUFF
open cuff, onyx, bracelet, thin cuff, adjustable, stacking, stone, bezel, dainty, tiny, delicate // IN ORBIT CUFF
Blydesign
$130.00 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 ring, resin, jet black, round, sterling silver, brass, mixed metal, statement // RADIAL RING
Moonstone ring, resin, jet black, round, sterling silver, brass, mixed metal, statement // RADIAL RING
Blydesign
$134.00 USD
Opal Solitaire, hammered, stacking ring, thin ring, simple ring
Opal Solitaire, hammered, stacking ring, thin ring, simple ring
Blydesign
$35.00 USD
open ring, opal, 925 sterling silver, stacking ring, two stone ring // GALAXIES APART RING
open ring, opal, 925 sterling silver, stacking ring, two stone ring // GALAXIES APART RING
Blydesign
$60.00 USD
Moonstone, necklace, sterling silver, brass, Pendant, snake chain, amulet, triangle, statement // FULL MOON PENDANT
Moonstone, necklace, sterling silver, brass, Pendant, snake chain, amulet, triangle, statement // FULL MOON PENDANT
Blydesign
$288.00 USD
Opal Blaze Stud Earrings
Opal Blaze Stud Earrings
Blydesign
$35.00 USD
neck cuff, 925 Sterling Silver, Moonstone, choker, bridal jewelry, bridal necklace // LUNAR NECK CUFF
neck cuff, 925 Sterling Silver, Moonstone, choker, bridal jewelry, bridal necklace // LUNAR NECK CUFF
Blydesign
$110.00 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
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 navette stud earrings // OPAL ABYSS STUDS
opal navette stud earrings // OPAL ABYSS STUDS
Blydesign
$47.50 USD
triangle necklace, gold, brass, hammered, opal // OPAL SLICE
triangle necklace, gold, brass, hammered, opal // OPAL SLICE
Blydesign
$68.00 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
hair pin, hammered, triangle, hairpin, hair fork, hairpin, mini, large, hair accessories, top knot
hair pin, hammered, triangle, hairpin, hair fork, hairpin, mini, large, hair accessories, top knot
Blydesign
$35.00 USD
Sodalite Axis Cuff // cobalt, navy, blue, stone, wand, point, bracelet, brass, silver
Sodalite Axis Cuff // cobalt, navy, blue, stone, wand, point, bracelet, brass, silver
Blydesign
$115.00 USD
Clear Quartz Axis Cuff // crystal, spotted, stone, point, wand, wire cuff, brass, silver
Clear Quartz Axis Cuff // crystal, spotted, stone, point, wand, wire cuff, brass, silver
Blydesign
$115.00 USD
Snowflake Obsidian Axis Cuff // spotted, stone, point, wand, wire cuff, brass, silver
Snowflake Obsidian Axis Cuff // spotted, stone, point, wand, wire cuff, brass, silver
Blydesign
$115.00 USD
Snowflake Obsidian Axis Cuff // spotted, stone, point, wand, wire cuff, brass, silver
Snowflake Obsidian Axis Cuff // spotted, stone, point, wand, wire cuff, brass, silver
Blydesign
$115.00 USD
Snowflake Obsidian Axis Cuff // spotted, stone, point, wand, wire cuff, brass, silver
Snowflake Obsidian Axis Cuff // spotted, stone, point, wand, wire cuff, brass, silver
Blydesign
$115.00 USD
tiny ring, opal, gold, aztec, dainty, delicate // OPAL AMULET RING
tiny ring, opal, gold, aztec, dainty, delicate // OPAL AMULET RING
Blydesign
$58.00 USD
Choker, brass, neck cuff, sunburst, labradorite, gold, adjustable, stone, chain // HELIOS NECK CUFF
Choker, brass, neck cuff, sunburst, labradorite, gold, adjustable, stone, chain // HELIOS NECK CUFF
Blydesign
$144.00 USD
Neck Cuff, sterling silver, turquoise, chain, matte // BANDITS NECK CUFF
Neck Cuff, sterling silver, turquoise, chain, matte // BANDITS NECK CUFF
Blydesign
$180.00 USD
Paddle Cactus Necklace, turquoise, sterling silver, 14k gold, dainty
Paddle Cactus Necklace, turquoise, sterling silver, 14k gold, dainty
Blydesign
$88.00 USD
open cuff, labradorite, bracelet, thin cuff, adjustable, stacking, stone, bezel, dainty, tiny, delicate // IN ORBIT CUFF
open cuff, labradorite, bracelet, thin cuff, adjustable, stacking, stone, bezel, dainty, tiny, delicate // IN ORBIT CUFF
Blydesign
$130.00 USD
Halo Cuff, bracelet, labradorite, wire, thin, dainty, delicate, stacking
Halo Cuff, bracelet, labradorite, wire, thin, dainty, delicate, stacking
Blydesign
$78.00 USD
Stone, necklace, sterling silver, brass, Pendant, snake chain, amulet, triangle, statement // FULL MOON PENDANT
Stone, necklace, sterling silver, brass, Pendant, snake chain, amulet, triangle, statement // FULL MOON PENDANT
Blydesign
$288.00 USD
Onyx earrings, drop earrings, hammered, brass, sterling silver, teardrop, stud, mixed metal // SWOON EARRINGS
Onyx earrings, drop earrings, hammered, brass, sterling silver, teardrop, stud, mixed metal // SWOON EARRINGS
Blydesign
$110.00 USD
Labradorite earrings, drop earrings, hammered, brass, sterling silver, teardrop, stud, mixed metal // SWOON EARRINGS
Labradorite earrings, drop earrings, hammered, brass, sterling silver, teardrop, stud, mixed metal // SWOON EARRINGS
Blydesign
$110.00 USD
Halo Cuff, bracelet, labradorite, wire, thin, dainty, delicate, stacking
Halo Cuff, bracelet, labradorite, wire, thin, dainty, delicate, stacking
Blydesign
$78.00 USD

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