I’m Bernadette Suski-Harding, and I love creating jewelry.
Before I get into the how and why, I’m going to answer the first question I almost always get when I meet someone new: Where did you get the name, Penelope Plum Designs?
I started selling my handcrafted designs when our daughter, Penelope, was little. And because I like alliteration, I chose ‘plum’ because I love what the word brings to mind: sweet, juicy fruit, or something superior and very desirable.
My goal always is to create handcrafted indulgences that are classic and timeless,
but with a playful twist; eye-catching statement pieces that are comfortable to wear; and pieces that are equally at home with everything from jeans to formal wear.
I handcraft all of my pieces in my studio in Hunterdon County, NJ. The feeling I get when I succeed in transforming what I saw in my mind -- and which no doubt kept me up the night before -- is indescribable, even for me, even still.
If you have any questions, please reach out. I would love to hear from you!
One of my first designs: the Marie necklace, featuring cultured freshwater pearls and peridot chips knitted into a rectangular pendant.