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  • Ashleigh Branstetter grew up in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. A former model, she discovered early on the path her future would take after taking a summer session in figure-drawing at the Parsons School of Design in New York. Branstetter returned to LSU, changed her major to Art, and fell in love with painting and drawing. Graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Art in sculpture and a minor in Jewelry and Medals, she then went on to further hone her jewelry skills at the Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina, the Revere Academy of Jewelry Artists in San Francisco and Gemological Institute of America.

    Quietly building a reputation for her gorgeous hand-crafted jewelry of colored gemstones and pearls, Branstetter produces romantic, delicate and feminine jewelry. In using materials such as eighteen-karat gold and platinum with added diamonds, gemstones or pearls, her work is exceedingly elegant.
    Her designs have won praise, including her 2010 AGTA Spectrum Award™ winning cufflinks, which were featured at the Oscars, worn by Oscar winning “Avatar” cinematographer Maurio Fiore. Her jewelry has been featured in Brides magazine and Florida International magazine.

AGTA Spectrum Award
AGTA Spectrum Award™ winning designer Ashleigh Branstetter submitted her first entries into the competition in 2009. Right out of the shoot, she took home a 3rd Place in Business/Day Wear with her 32.10 ct. pink Tourmaline ring. Then for the 2010 competition, Ashleigh was awarded two more Spectrum trophies for her 2nd Place in Business/Day Wear for her Chalcedony briolette and moss Diamond slice earrings and a Manufacturing Honors in Men’s Wear for her London blue Topaz bullet cufflinks.

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Ashleigh Branstetter, wearing her clear quartz earrings set in 18-karat white gold,is making a name for herself in the jewelry business, with appearances ofher wares at the Oscars and in national magazines.

Ashleigh Branstetter’s jewelry makes appearance at Oscars


THE ADVOCATE /Assistant People editor

Published: Jun 14, 2010

Jewelry designer Ashleigh Branstetter got her first brush with greatness at this year’s Oscars. But it went by so fast, she almost missed it.

Branstetter, who grew up in Baton Rouge and now works out of New Orleans, designed the cufflinks flashed by Mauro Fiore on the red carpet at the Academy Awards. Fiore took home the cinematography Oscar for “Avatar.” View full post »

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