The daughter of a Texas champion cake decorator and a gifted mixed-media artist, Jessica Starnes felt a connection to the arts from an early age. After years of trial — and a lot of error — in everything from fiber arts to painting, she finally discovered a passion and talent for jewelry making about a decade ago.
She founded Jstar Jewelry Designs after several friends and coworkers asked to purchase creations right off her neck. Her first official client was the buyer at her then-employer, an award-winning downtown Colorado Springs boutique known for its fashionable and unique women’s clothing, jewelry and gifts.
Jessica designs and manufactures every piece of her collection in her Colorado mountainside studio, a location that overlooks the Pikes Peak Region from a stunning 9,000-foot vantage point.
Primarily self-taught in beading and wirework techniques, she continues to advance those skills and add new ones through online classes and workshops offered by the nationally recognized Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center’s Bemis School of Art.