Founder and designer Laura Tanner Swinand discovered her love for the jewelry craft at thirteen. After taking a course in enameling and metalwork, she had some early success selling her designs in a local boutique. After earning bachelor's and master's degrees in art history, she realized that making things was more fun than writing about them. So she found her way back to making jewelry, while also exploring new techniques and designs. Laura is drawn to the meditative, tactile, and often unpredictable process of creating jewelry, as well as to the innate natural beauty and subtle imperfections found in gemstones and metals.
Located just outside Chicago in Evanston, Illinois, Laura Tanner Jewelry is dedicated to quality, artistry, green practices, community engagement, and keeping production based in the U.S.A. The LTJ look is marked by the combination of exquisite gemstone beads and pearls with precious metals to create sophisticated, versatile jewelry that is at once contemporary and timeless. The beauty of our jewelry is that you can mix, match or layer pieces together, and thus over time build a coordinated collection of LTJ that suits your own personal style.
Here are just a few quotes we love from our satisfied clients:
"I LOVE LOVE LOVE the pieces. Each piece (of jewelry) is so beautiful and just seems to be made with such love and care. My deepest thanks and appreciation." - Betsy, Evanston, IL
"Jewelry designer Laura Tanner Swinand creates delicately striking handmade jewelry. Each earring, necklace, and bracelet is so smartly designed, you can sport 'em by day or bedazzle by night. Plus, Laura is out-and-out fantastic to work with." - Leah, San Diego, CA
"I bought my daughters beautiful earrings and necklaces from Laura. She helped me custom design one necklace for my daughter and she loved it! She has beautiful designs and great quality." - Lorraine, Wilmette, IL
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