SULFUR SPRINGS, Florida – For jeweler Leah Garand, it’s the best time of year.
“I love scary stuff. I love Halloween. I love everything,” she said. “Usually I start doing all my scary stuff around August, then I will stop like November.”
What exactly is scary stuff? The answer: a variety of necklaces, earrings and rings depicting spiders, coffins, bones and pumpkins.
“It’s like I can put all the pieces of myself in one piece, and it really reflects that way,” Garand said.
Garand began making jewelry in 2007 with his company Sulfur Springs Silver, which has grown every year since then. She specializes in sterling silver jewelry, with many pieces featuring natural stones.
While her love of jewelry began around this time, Garand’s love for Halloween began earlier than that.
“I remember loving Halloween since I was little,” she said.
Her “scary” jewelry is a by-product of these two passions. While many of these pieces are fun and playful, she hopes they make more sense to her clients, showing the cycle of life.
Outside of Halloween-themed jewelry, Garand typically releases one collection at a time, focusing on a natural stone.
“The stone kind of tells me what it wants to be transformed into,” she said.
His latest collection was called “Obsidian” and included a few pairs of necklaces, earrings, rings and bracelets.
Since the stone has a dark vibe, she decided to use a lot of spiders, crows, and other spooky items in the collection.
She is inspired by many things, even sometimes accidents in her studio.
“Sometimes something comes across where I’m working, and then I’m like, ‘Wait a second, that sounds really cool,’” Garand said.
Right now, Garand will be celebrating his favorite time of year. In the long run, she hopes to expand her customer base and make more of the jewelry she loves.
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