Debra Perry and Dana Marnell, Jewelers

Debra Perry and Dana Marnell, Jewelers in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, work together to create distinctive wearable jewelry.  The glass stones Dana creates are made from fusing hand cut sheets of dichroic and stained glass creating multiple layers to cut, grind and fire.  Debra takes the finish glass cabochons and weaves, braids, sculpts, forages or coils 14 KT gold-filled or Argentium sterling silver to create the final piece.

Debra Perry & Dana Marnell

Our jewelry is produced by the two of us in our home studio. Dana creates the glass “stones” and Debra designs and creates the wire sculptures that surround them.

We enjoy merging our talents to enhance each other’s work. The resulting pieces of wearable art are colorful, distinctive, and affordable, and intended to be worn and enjoyed every day.

The wire designs are created from either 14KT gold-filled or Argentium sterling silver using a variety of techniques: weaving, braiding, sculpting, forging and coiling. Only hand tools are used.

The glass cabochons are made by fusing several layers of dichroic and stained glass which Dana has hand cut from sheets. Smaller pieces often require additional cutting, grinding and a second firing in the jewelry kiln.