Soldering away in her concrete-floored loft in the Old Fourth Ward, Starr Miller cranks out tough-girl-cool earrings, rings, and necklaces in silver and gold, punctuated with gemstones like topaz and sapphire. But Miller would rather be known as a metalsmith than a jewelry designer. Wielding hammers, saws, sanders, even a flame torch, she creates her line, Pieces of Starr, over her sturdy pine workbench. The North Carolina native has always tinkered with jewelry, but after a silversmith’s course and informal study with a local jeweler, she launched her own business in 2012. The latest collection includes talon-like rings, starburst earrings, and a nose ring for the bold.
This article originally appeared in our August 2015 issue.