Emily Johnson got her start in the jewelry business at a young age by selling custom-designed friendship bracelets to the other fifth graders at lunch. Today she works with gemstones, blackened silver, and pink and yellow gold, producing pieces she describes as “subtle, but edgy.”
The Minneapolis artist explores simple geometry, deftly combining forms that suggest cells and windows with hammered and etched textures, varying the colors of her metals and adding interest with stones from amethyst to black diamond. Whisper-light rings and substantial hammered cuffs are emblematic of her line. Emily also employs copper, feathers, coral and quartz in bolder pieces and offers a whimsical series of forms that reference anatomical hearts, wishbones and the state of Minnesota.
A graduate of the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Emily continually draws from her fine art background to fashion unique and sculptural jewelry pieces.
Emily was recently featured on the series MN Original, watch the video here.