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Nora Swanson


Nora Swanson Arts
139 North Broadway St.
Berea, KY 40403
Nora Swanson and partner Dale Brandt combine simple geometric shapes with unusual natural colors to produce a stunning line of jewelry known as Nora Swanson Arts. Their jewelry is ancient and modern in unison. By revolutionizing the patina process and formulas, several oxidized metal finishes are only found in their collections.  Each piece is individually hand finished, durable, one-of-a-kind, celebrating the individual who wears it.
Swanson brings a passion for cross-pollinating art media from her studies in design, art history and contemporary art. Brandt learned how to work with silver and turquoise from some of the best Navajo and Zuni metal smiths in the nation while living in Albuquerque, N.M.  Together, they have developed this line of patina-rich jewelry that combines neo-rustic warmth with contemporary elegance.