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OUR STORY

Dear Jane creates one of a kind, fine metal jewelry, engraved with quotes from the literary classics. Our designs are inspired by the Art Deco era, with each piece created to feel classic, timeless, and dear.

All pieces are designed by our founder, Leah Jones, and locally hand-crafted  in our Vermont studio.  They begin as a pencil drawing in a notebook and from there a metal stamp is created and pressed into the metal.  The handwriting on the inside will never be found on any other jewelry-anywhere making Dear Jane a truly remarkable gift. 

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Our founder

Leah Jones grew up in Montpelier, Vermont, spending weekends antiquing with her father and curling up to read literary classics at a family lake house built by her great grandparents. Antiques and literature were two interests that proved to be permanent fixtures throughout her life, and her career.

 

Leah’s love of words led her to major in English Literature at The University of Vermont. She went on to minor in Studio Art, giving her the opportunity to explore different types of sculpture techniques, drawing, and lithography— all of her visual art projects, incorporating the written word into the design.

 

After graduating from college, Leah worked at a Boston based publishing house. During the day she edited legal books and at night she was developing her love of jewelry design.  Her first collection of jewelry showcased in her dear friend’s boutique.

 

Leah left publishing and founded her first business Alloy Jewelry in 2008, an e-commerce based jewelry shop, well known for metal engraving and personalized pieces.

 

Three kids and one pandemic later, Leah was ready to bring her love for literature and antique jewelry together with a new look. In a full circle moment, Leah created a sister business to Alloy Jewelry, “Dear Jane” in October of 2020.  Leah now offers fine metal jewelry, engraved with literary quotes she has collected over the years.

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