Verre is the french word for glass. every piece of jewelry is handmade by Julie burton. she believes that simple is elegant and that less is more. I really like glass. after a six week class in glass blowing at the rhode island school of design, I worked as a glass blower on a mountain in Tennessee before moving to new york to pursue my passion for glass at the public studio urban glass. once there i decided that I wasn’t interested in production glass (I like my table top items to be more natural and less rigid), and tired of tutoring kids, I received a fortuitous 5 minute lesson in lamp working. with a BA from Berkeley in political science and training as an illustrator from the rhode island school of design, I take my inspiration wherever and whenever I can get it. In 1999 I began making jewelry with another designer under the name verre newyork and in 2012, we decided to split to pursue our own ventures. and there you have it: verre by julie burton! Why glass? glass has just as much allure and luster as a gemstone but can also come in a plethora of colors and shapes at no additional cost. i love glass so much it’s not just what my jewelry is made of, it’s also the key ingredient in my signature packaging.