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Joyce E. Nelson • Designer, Stylist, Wardrobe Consultant

ARTIST BIOGRAPHY

Designer, Stylist, Wardrobe and Image Consultant

A lover of fine jewelry, G.I.A. gemologist, goldsmith, and a devoted shopper, Joyce E. Nelson, owner of Cosmopolitan Jewels, began designing and creating jewelry to appease her appetite for the finer things. From a lifetime of perusing the world's most exclusive shops and a M.S. in Fashion Merchandising and Design, she knows well the latest in fashion trends, and knows also what appeals to the sophisticated woman.

Her handcrafted necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and bridal collection are made with the finest quality precious gemstones and pearls. Each gemstone and pearl is personally hand selected for its finest quality and unusual cut, then using the ancient art of wire wrapping with gold or silver, individually attaches each gemstone by hand, creating a handcrafted, original, one-of-a-kind design in imaginative unique color combinations. The designs range from the trendy and up-to-the-minute, to the timeless and elegant, and will bring the shine of grace and luxury to every occasion, whether in the boardroom, lounging at a casual luncheon or dancing through the night at an evening gala.

Nelson's creativity and sense of style spring from many influences. A successful businesswoman, as well as a longtime civic activist, she has spent her life protecting the beauty she sees around her. From restoring historical landmarks or preserving the ancient Oak trees in her hometown of Coconut Grove, Florida, she has always possessed a keen eye for beauty and quality. This, combined with her education as a Master of Science in Fashion Merchandising and Design and her travels around the world, brings to her jewelry designs a decidedly sophisticated and cosmopolitan flair that will appeal to all women who
yearn for a touch of elegance.

Cosmopolitan Jewels already has a growing following. Its designs have been featured in fashion shows, magazines, newspapers, at various exclusive galleries, as well as sold in a select number of high-end international boutiques.

We welcome you to the Cosmopolitan world.

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Curriculum Vitae - Download PDF
  • Miami Fashion Week 2010, 2009 and 2008
    Jewelry worn by the following designers
    • Eduardo de las Cases of Miami (New Designer Competition Winner)
    • Rykii de Jude of Barbados
    • ARIANNE of Canada
    • Cecilia Perez Alta Costura of Columbia
    • Francisco Quadros of Miami
  • St. Stephen’s Art Show, Coconut Grove, Florida
    • 2nd Place 2011
  • Beaux Arts Festival of Art 2000 through 2012 – Coral Gables, Florida
    • 2nd Place 2012
  • Naples National Art Festival, Naples, Florida
  • Downtown Naples New Year’s Weekend Art Fair, Naples, Florida
  • 40th Annual Art Festival Beth-El, St. Petersburg, Florida
  • Tarpon Springs Fine Art Festival, Tarpon Springs, Florida
  • Carnaval on the Mile, Coral Gables, Florida
  • Mainsail Arts Festival, St. Petersburg, Florida
    • 3rd Place 2012
  • 40th Annual invitational Art Festival Beth-El, St. Petersburg, Florida
  • Museum of Art Ft. Lauderdale’s National Art Festival, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
  • Estero Fine Art show, Naples, Florida
  • Naples Masters Art Festival, Naples, Florida
  • Sarasota American Craft Show, Sarasota, Florida
  • Sarasota Masters, Sarasota, Florida
  • Winter Park Autumn Art Festival, Winter Park, Florida
  • Gasparilla Festival of the Arts, Tampa, Florida
  • Boca Museum Art Festival, Boca Raton, Florida
  • Coconut Grove Art Show 2009, 2008 & 2007, Coconut Grove, Florida
  • Beaux Arts Festival of Art 2005 through 2011 – Coral Gables, Florida
  • Festival of the Masters, Downtown Disney, Orlando
    • Judges Selection Award
  • Naples Renaissance Fall Art Festival 2008 and 2007
  • Marco Island Masters Festival of Arts, Marco Island, Florida
  • Pinecrest Gardens Fine Art Festival 2011-2005, Pinecrest, Florida
    • Third Place, 2012, First Place 2011, 2006 & Third Place 2007
  • Florida Craftsman, St, Petersburg, Florida
    • Collector’s Choice Award
  • Mercato Fine Arts Festival, Naples, Florida
  • Art in the Park, Downtown Miami, Bayfront Park, Florida
  • Downtown Festival of the Arts, Panama City, Florida
  • South Miami Art Festival 2008, 2007, 2006 and 2005 – South Miami, Florida
  • In the Park with Art 2009, 2008, 2007, 2005 – Palmetto Bay, Florida
    • 1st Place 3 Dimensional 2009
    • Honorable Mention 2007
  • Delray Affair, Delray, Florida
  • Sunfest, West Palm Beach, Florida
  • Art by the Bay, Coconut Grove, Florida
  • Sailfish Street Art Festival, Stuart, Florida
  • Art in the Park, Plantation, Florida
  • Coconut Grove Gallery and Interiors
  • Top of the Walk Gallery, Cocowalk, Coconut Grove, Florida
  • Rod & Reel Club, Miami Beach, Florida
  • Coral Reef Yacht Club Art Show, Coconut Grove, Florida
  • Riveria Country Club, Coral Gables, Florida
  • Actor’s Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre “Reach for the Stars”
  • Fairchild Gardens Rare Event
  • 25th Annual Red Cross Ball
  • Helio Gallery “Body Jazz” Trunk Show. Key West, Florida
  • Glass Art and Bead Festival, Sonoma, California
  • Jewelry Arts Expo, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • North Grove Studio Tour, Coconut Grove, Florida
  • Beadfest, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • The Wave Gallery Trunk Show, Key West, Florida
  • La Trattoria “Girls Night Out” Trunk Show, Key West, Florida
  • Harvest Festival, Miami, Florida

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Jewelry Membership

  • Gemological Institute of America Alumni
  • Florida Craftsman
  • Society Of North American Goldsmiths
  • American Craft Council
  • Florida Society Of Goldsmiths
  • Miami Emerging Arts Leaders
  • South Florida Jewelry Arts Guild – Founder
  • The Jewelers Board of Trade

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Education

Florida International University

~ Master of Science, Fashion Merchandising
~ Bachelor of Science, Fashion Merchandising

University of Florida

~ Associate of Arts degree, Advertising & Journalism

 

Gemological Institute of America

~ Colored Stone Grading Lab
~ Pearl Grading
~ Gem Identification Lab
~ Diamond Cut Grading



Professional

Fashion Merchandising Professor

~ Florida International University, Miami-Dade College, Barry University Department Chair

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Locations

  • Coconut Gallery and Interiors, Coconut Grove, Florida
  • Creations, South Miami, Florida
  • Bookstore In The Grove, Coconut Grove, Florida

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Press

  • OSCEOLA OASIS Magazine, The Art and Fashion Issue, Winter 2008
  • Cravings Magazine April/May 2010
  • Mujer July/August 2009
  • Miami Monthly, "Summer 2009"
  • Miami Monthly, "No Stone Unturned"
  • The Miami Herlad - publication date: February 7, 2010, "A Passion for Gems"
  • The Miami Herlad - publication date: April 23, 2008, "Miami Fashion Week VIP Preview Week"
  • Coral Living - South Florida Life and Leisure - publication date: April 23, 2008
  • The Miami Herlad - publication date: April 9, 2008, Fashion Week, "Latin American event gets more global reach"
  • American Style Magazine, Art Jewelry Showcase, December 2008
  • You Tube - Maimi Fashion Week 2008 Designer Eduardo de las Casas