When Kelli was nine, her father, knowing her love of jewelry, gave her a gift of a one carat diamond. Kelli designed a mounting for the diamond and with the assistance of her mother found a jeweler to make the design, creating the first ring in the Kelli Brown collection.
Kelli Brown, a native of Austin, Texas, was born into a world surrounded by art, design and architecture. The daughter of a noted architectural designer and an art dealer, Kelli spent her formative years sharing her parents' passion for beautiful items, especially jewelry. The Brown family weekend outings were to antique and art shows, and while her mother searched for just the right antique for a client and her father looked for art for the gallery, or antique guns to add to his collection, Kelli headed to wherever jewelry was on display. She spent hours, much to the dismay of the vendors, studying their best offerings. As she says now, "I'm surprised they didn't find my parents to take me away, or maybe they thought my parents would eventually buy something just out of guilt!"
While in high school Kelli continued drawing designs for jewelry she eventually would create while working part time with her father in his art gallery. His buying trips often took him to New York City; Kelli traveled with him and sought out jewelry shops for more study and inspiration. After studying art history in college she joined the art gallery full time and became its best sales person, releasing not only the joy of owning beautiful items, but also the thrill of selling them.
During this time, Kelli's mother received a commission to restore a historic colonial house in San Miguel de Allende Mexico. While Kelli was visiting her mother she noticed the skill and artistry of the workmen restoring the centuries old house. With this, the idea of bringing her designs to life started to become a reality. Starting slowly, she found skilled jewelry workers and began making the items she had designed over the years. As she showed the jewelry to friends she found she was selling it as fast as she could make it. Deciding the time had come to focus on her passion; she moved to San Miguel and established her first Taller.
Happening on a derelict hacienda outside of San Miguel, Kelli and her mother purchased it (and lovingly restored it.) Kelli set up her showroom in the ancient stone walled cellar. As her reputation grew so did her list of clients.
Kelli has now moved on to another 16th century hacienda with a larger Taller and private gallery for her collections. Kelli works by appointment with clients on an individual or small group basis, devoting her full attention to their needs and desires, many times creating unique items specifically for them.
In addition, Kelli does private showings throughout the United States in collaboration with private groups and specialty stores. Collections are now being developed for specialty shops in Vail, Colorado and Dallas, Texas.
The collections are divided into three classifications, and while each grouping is unique in its own right, each is also meant to be worn and to be enjoyed with the others.
The collections are: sterling silver and leather, sterling silver and 18kt gold, and 18kt gold. Kelli's style has been described as romantic, Byzantine, and renaissance, but mostly it is beautiful and unique.
San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
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