Freshie & Zero jewelry began in 2006 when founder Beth Lawrence, a.k.a. "Freshie", worked in a craft gallery after graduating from college and fell in love with handmade jewelry. She did not, however, fall in love with the prices. She became a woman on a mission to bring versatile handmade jewelry into the world, at a price anyone could afford.
Freshie & Zero is delicate and elegant - perfect for women of any age who want to look fabulous without having to think too hard! You'll want to wear Beth's modern, simple jewelry whether you are headed to the office, out on a date, or enjoying long walks to the coffee shop. Her designs are made with sterling silver and gold filled metals - all nickel free and generally safe for sensitive skin. Her work is versatile and appeals to all kinds of ladies - from those that live in their workout clothes to stylish gals who always look put together. Her work is made with an eye for craftsmanship and attention to detail - you'll notice her high standards of quality!
I wish there was an exciting story about how I got my nickname, but there isn't really. A few years ago, my manager at work just thought it rhymed with "Bethie" so she started calling me that and it wasn't long before my coworkers and friends adopted my new name as well. Zero is my Jack Russell Terrier and yes, he's totally nuts (and a total sweetheart).
I started making jewelry when I was about 10 or 11 - I used friendly plastic, a very popular crafting material of the 80's, and made earrings which I sold door-to-door up and down my street out of my caboodle for $3-$5 a pair. I even sold my jewelry to a local boutique! I also had lemonade stands in the summer and hot chocolate stands in the winter - I've always been an entrepreneur at heart.
Upon graduating from Belmont University with an Art degree, I thought the only way to make a living as an artist was to paint, something I had little passion for. So I put my artistic aspirations aside and worked in different art and craft galleries for a few years. One day while displaying some handmade jewelry with wandering thoughts, I suddenly remembered that I had made jewelry when I was a child! I thought that perhaps I could make it again; maybe I could be a jewelry artist! I started working with beads and vintage components until one day I explored making shapes with wire and a hammer and immediately knew I had found my medium. My signature style slowly evolved into what it is today - delicately feminine, modern jewelry.
Over the years, what started as a fun side business has evolved into a full-blown career - I have been making jewelry full-time since May 2008! I've done around 100 craft shows, opened hundreds of wholesale accounts, traveled across the country selling my wares, got married, had two babies and am full of gratitude for my very busy life! Freshie & Zero is thriving, so I now have a little bit of help making jewelry. We work together in my studio in an ever-expanding downtown Nashville arts district. My team mostly listens to music, laughs, hammers and wire wraps the day away.
Zero can be seen in the studio from time to time, but he prefers to stay at home snoozing in the sunlight.