by Kim Merritt

About

I started making jewelry (seriously) in 2006 and in 2011 Gritty Jewelry was born!

Gritty is me, lighthearted, but a little twisted because of my dark sense of humor. You’ll definitely see my Southern roots show through here, and definitely in my Superstitions line. I’ll never forget riding in my mother’s Z28 back in Florida, when a black cat ran across our path. She compulsively licked her finger and marked 3 X’s on the windshield. This kept the bad luck at bay.

Gritty also has the Weapons, Vices, Love and War, The Band, and Small Batch lines.

My Weapons line sparked the very genesis of Gritty. After reading a true crime book I thought it would be amazing to make a tiny cleaver, so I did. I loved it! Wore it to a party that evening and sold it right off my neck. I knew I was on to something, so I added more “weapons” and then Gritty took a life of its own.

Vices: We all struggle. Is it Booze? Pills? Or even Television? Have you taken your Netflix and Chill a bit too far? This line serves as a bit of a reminder to watch your intake.

Superstitions: these are interesting to me. Is it ignorance? Or magic? Do you believe a black cat crossing your path will bring you bad luck? How about breaking a mirror? I was raised with a lot of superstition and no religion, which I also believe to be superstitious. Don’t take offense, run with whatever works for you. New designs are coming to this collection soon.

Love and War: I don’t know about you, but this thing called Love has been an uphill battle for me. I have been hurt, I have hurt. All is fair, right? It hurts at first, when you or your partner have to split ways, but the wounds do heal and you learn a little about yourself and life.

The Band: music is a huge part of my life. I’m a little human tape recorder. I love music, the way it makes me feel, the way it reminds me of certain times in my life, the feeling of finding a new band that speaks to me. I also admire the people who can stand on a stage and command the attention of 30 people, or thousands. Not to mention I love crushing on band members!

Last but not least…

Small Batch: this is an open collection! These are the things I feel compelled to make. Sometimes they are projects that want to challenge me, like transforming raw materials into new, interesting things. I tend to incorporate old and broken scraps into some of my designs. Running through the process of drawing to cutting, bending, sawing until I declare it a finished product — this always pushes serotonin through my brain.

All in all I do what I do because I love it. The bonus is that people connect with it, and in general, those are my people. They get it. Life is dark and light and all the shades of gray.

The jewelry: I am very particular, and my work shows it. I churn out unique items, handmade by me (or an assistant), and ALL metals and findings are sourced from the USA. Another thing that is important to me is making sure my jewelry is quality, abundant, and affordable. Those words don’t usually live together, but they do here at Gritty Jewelry.