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College Park resident creates jewelry in tribute to mother
by Nneka Okona
June 12, 2013 11:18 AM | 2079 views | 0 0 comments | 89 89 recommendations | email to a friend | print
In a cozy, vintage inspired room with dark brown hardwood floors and primary-colored bins loaded with materials stacked meticulously, Karen Harris Christian, creator, founder and owner of Her Song Jewelry, intently creates her one-of-a-kind pieces.

On average, the College Park resident completes an assortment of necklaces, earrings and bracelets in three-hour chunks of time, using eclectic buttons, freshwater pearls, Czech glass beads, brass and Swarovski crystals to make each design come alive.

Making jewelry and helping each woman discover “her song” is the mission of the business Christian launched in September.

“The name is special to me because it is a tribute to my mom who was a very beautiful singer,” Christian said about Mildred Harris. “She sang so melodiously and inspired so many people with her songs, I kind of look at it as what you want to do with your life to inspire others.”

Her mother especially became the driving force and inspiration behind Christian’s gusto when, in recent years, Harris was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.

“I decided I wanted to have the business and something in tribute to her and all the people who have Alzheimer’s,” Christian said. “I do donate a portion of my proceeds to the Alzheimer’s Association.”

The signature piece that Christian steadily sells is a chunk bracelet, in either gold or silver, assembled from assorted buttons and trinkets.

Sherry Keith bought one of those bracelets nearly 15 years ago when Christian first starting making jewelry in the 1990s as a hobby and pastime, the prelude to the full-fledged business.

“My beautiful antique button bracelet has lasted the test of time and is often a conversation piece because of its uniqueness,” Keith said. “This beautiful jewelry is timeless and ageless.”

Christian keeps anywhere from 12 to 15 designs in steady rotation, but also makes custom designs upon request.

Besides visiting the website, customers can shop for Christian’s jewelry at Poor Little Rich Girl, 3393 Main St. in College Park, beginning in August.

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