A Local Gem

“It’s good energy, like you’re hanging out with your girlfriends shopping,” says Juli Mills, the artist behind J. Mills Studio, when asked about Hip Chics Boutique. “Hip Chics is a great venue for J. Mills Studio Designs because they carry the best selection of the line.”

Juli Mills graduated with a degree in fine arts from Georgia State University. After taking a metalsmithing class in college, she began to explore the art of jewelry design and metalsmithing, and eventually opened her studio in Murphy, NC. Specializing in hand-forged metals, Mills’ original designs are both delicate and feminine with a mid-century modern aesthetic. Her use of natural gemstones, both faceted and tumbled, create a subtle elegance with an understated sophistication that her clients love.

The artist’s hands touch each piece of jewelry she makes. Her care and effort are apparent in every piece. Mills loves the mechanics of jewelry making, and clients are delighted by necklace designs that can be worn three different ways or bracelets that can be worn as necklaces. None of her pieces are out-sourced – all are made in her North Carolina studio.  Hip Chics Boutique is one of approximately 80 stores in the US and Canada that carry the line. The Hip Chics store in Clemmons, NC “is like a J. Mills Studio designer showcase,” says Mills.

Come and see for yourself: Clustered blush and African blue opals, pearl and aqua chalcedony faceted gemstones, bar necklaces, silk cords, quartz crystals, Kingsman turquoise, a wide selection of pearls, Herkimer diamonds from Upstate NY, marquis earrings, natural labradorite, leather components, and so much more. All metals are either 14k gold filled or sterling silver. Hip Chics would love to help you experience the beautiful and elegant designs from J. Mills jewelry.  Hip Chics Boutique is located at 2668 Lewisville-Clemmons Rd in Clemmons.


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