Elizabeth Yarborough began designing jewelry in an effort to re-engage her hands and imagination. Originally from North Carolina, she studied literature & writing at Vassar College before moving to New York City in 2003. In the spring of 2006, she left the corporate book world for an arts & crafts spree in her East Village apartment, which evolved into her jewelry line, Yarborough. Within months, Yarborough Jewelry appeared in boutiques and publications around the world, and Women’s Wear Daily named Elizabeth one of “the industry’s most innovative up-and-coming costume jewelers.” Her collection reflects a design philosophy steeped in curiosity, experimentation, color, and originality.
Inspired by everything from her grandmother’s sewing box to the trompe l’oeil designs of Elsa Schiaparelli, Elizabeth finds unexpected beauty in everyday objects – yarn, buttons, dinner plates, spools, and upholstery tassels, to name a few. With a sense of humor, and with an interest in deconstructing materials & stereotypes, she subverts traditional wardrobe and household staples and reintroduces them in surprising ways: translating a cable knit sweater into a bracelet, for example; feminizing a handsome leather button; showcasing spools of thread, colorful platters of food, and shards of porcelain as inherently beautiful ornaments.
In 2011, Elizabeth launched the Yarbie Bangle Boutique, featuring a year-round selection of the Yarborough Bangles. (View the selection at www.Yarbie.com). As of 2012, Yarborough Jewelry is on hiatus. Check this site for future updates.