“Now what?” It’s a question almost all new empty nesters dread to ask themselves.
For stay-at-home-mom-turned-jewelry-artist Lynn Costello, that conundrum arose when her youngest child went off to college. “I finally found time for me and had to take that dive into the unknown,” says the Mashpee resident. Persuaded by her mother, a sculptor, Costello enrolled in metalsmith classes. She launched her eponymous line several years ago and hasn’t looked back.
Costello’s unique metal jewelry features ornate, one-of-a-kind earrings, necklaces and bracelets made of sterling silver, copper and Nugold. “I love to think outside the box,” she says. “I keep a pad of paper in my car, nightstand and purse, so whenever an idea pops into my mind, I jot it down.” One of her most recognizable styles is cinched fold-formed jewelry that mimics ocean waves. “What I like about this technique is that I start out with a flat piece of metal and begin to texture, hammer, twist and shape it over and over again.”
Each piece, she says, carries a special meaning and if she doesn’t love it, she doesn’t sell it. “I remember the first piece I sold—I felt as if I was giving away something so dear to me with the hopes that the person receiving it would love it and care for it as I did.” Lynn Costello’s jewelry is available at Mark August in Chatham and Green Eyed Daisy in Falmouth as well as online at LynnCostello.com. —Colby Radomski