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About Ashleigh


Ashleigh Branstetter

Ashleigh Branstetter is an award-winning jeweler whose designs illustrate her belief that simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.  

Each piece in Ashleigh’s collection is unique and handmade. Working from her New Orleans studio, she shapes her jewelry to celebrate the distinctive qualities of a gemstone. She meticulously selects her diamonds, pearls and precious stones, using minimal tools and drawing on traditional techniques to create jewelry that is elegant, timeless and highly refined.

Ashleigh’s work is influenced by the vibrant natural and cultural environment of her hometown of New Orleans. She draws inspiration from floral formations as well as from the rich textures of the urban environment. She often works in close collaboration with her clients to create custom, one-of-a-kind pieces and she is most well known for her highly awarded Ruffle© design, which has become a signature element in her line.

Ashleigh has extensive training in fine arts and traditional craftsmanship. She earned her BFA from Louisiana State University and has studied at Parsons School of Design in New York City, Revere Academy of Jewelry Artists in San Francisco, Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina, and holds a graduate gemology degree from Gemological Institute of America (GIA). Her work has received numerous awards including four AGTA Spectrum Awards, two North American Tahitian Pearl Trophy awards, and has been featured in Private Air, Modern Bride, Florida International Magazine, and Bride’s Magazine. Ashleigh’s jewelry has been recently been published in three books: Jen Townsend & Reneé Zettle-Sterling’s Cast: Art and Objects, and Reneé Newman GG’s Pearl Buying Guide and Gemstone Buying Guide. Her pieces have also made appearances at both the Emmy's and the Oscars.