The Vintage Pearl
Ten years ago, Erin Edwards decided to pick up jewelry-making as a creative outlet, not knowing the handicraft would one day transform her into a business owner overseeing two brick-and-mortar handcrafted jewelry stores in Oklahoma.
The mother of four first started selling her wares on Etsy and in September of 2010, she opened The Vintage Pearl at 8144 S. Lewis Ave. in Tulsa. It wasn’t long before she opened a second location at 1289 E. 15th St. in Edmond. It ushered in its first customers in April 2012 and has provided the greater Oklahoma City area with cherished mementos ever since. In addition, The Vintage Pearl has a robust worldwide business with online sales and a wholesale division offering their designs at over 500 nationwide locations.
“We make everything in our studio from start to finish in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and handstamp every letter; everything is unique and personalized,” Edwards said. “We really allow you to make it your own. You can personalize with special dates, children’s names, birth dates, or meaningful phrases and make any piece of jewelry a special keepsake.”
The shop features everything from hand-stamped necklaces, rings, and bracelets to leather cuffs, cufflinks and other trinkets. Popular items include “skinny message” rings that stack one atop the other to create a phrase; the “peas in a pod” necklace, with peas to represent each loved one; and the “dainty drops” necklace, which allows you to stamp a name alongside a birthstone.
The pieces, chockful of sentimentality, have been a hit among Oklahomans, who value family, friendships and other strong connections, Edwards said.
“Our pieces really tug on your heart strings,” she added. “You can keep the things you love most near and dear to your heart by wearing them around your neck.”
Edwards, who owns the store with her husband Ryan Edwards, firmly believes in giving back to the community. After the devastating 2013 Moore tornado, the business came to the aid of tornado victims, donating a portion of proceeds from its “Love for Oklahoma” necklace to tornado relief efforts – a sum totalling over $111,000 to the Oklahoma Red Cross for tornado relief in Moore and Oklahoma City. The business also supports the Salvation Army, the Tulsa Dream Center, the Demand Project and the Little Light House, among others.
“We feel like God has really blessed The Vintage Pearl, and we want to use the blessings He’s given us to bless others.”
Visit thevintagepearl.com or call (918) 935-3254 to learn more