Austin Chronicle: August 6, 2004 : Columns and Features
After a Fashion by Stephen MacMillan Moser

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Dazzling and unique jewels from Kevin Heady:
This piece is natural freshwater pearls, lemon quartz,
smoky quartz, carnelian and sterling, and the earrings
are grossular (orange) garnets.

HEADY JEWELS We are not lacking in fine jewelry designers here in Austin - in fact we have jewelry coming out of our ears, so to speak. But few designers have the skill and experience behind them that Kevin Heady has. Heady began his designing career 23 years ago after being trained as a metal smith, creating in gold, sterling, and platinum, with custom and commissioned pieces of hand-fabricated and cast pieces so remarkable that they wound up on display in both the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston. His career has also included many years of working within the wholesale fashion industry, and after seeing a growing need for upscale contemporary accessories, Heady has returned to the design arena, launching new collections of jewelry for today's fashion-oriented clients. "I've tried to design pieces that have many varied elements that intrigue and engage the consumer ... rubber, leather, sterling, 14k, platinum, pearls, semi-precious as well as precious stones," says Monsieur Heady of his largest group, the Heady Collection. The affordable pieces, retailing from $30 to $400, are available in necklaces, bracelets, and earrings. Another group is called Garnet, an elegant yet fun range of designs fabricated in sterling, 14 karat gold, semi-precious stones, and knotted pearls. These pieces, very limited in production, begin at $250. They can also become one-of-a-kind commissioned works. Heady's newest series is the totally customizable They're Knot Your Mother's Pearls, comprised of two strands of pearls, one of which is 7-7.5 mm white, and the other is either baroque or natural pastel pearls paired with gemstone and pearl strands (purchased separately) that hook into a special clasp in back. Following that, the next group to be released will be more ornate and geared toward Holiday/Cruise (that's what insiders call the post-autumn/pre-spring marketing season) and will include the 14 karat earrings shimmering with blue topaz, peridot, and iolite clusters as well as the citrine, golden citrine, and grossular garnet. To find a retailer near you, or to carry his work in your retail location, contact him through, where you may also inquire about having him design a custom piece to complement a favorite outfit or make that special occasion truly unique.

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All Rights Reserved
All pieces are handmade and stones are natural, so some variation in color and size is to be expected
Most items ship within 3 weeks, as most are specially made on order.