Jamie Hollier first fell in love with metalwork and jewelry thanks to her exposure to metalwork in her grandfather's machine shop, jewelry in her great aunt's antique shop, and going to art shows with her mom.
She studied art history and metalsmithing for her undergraduate degree and made jewelry for a while after school. However, her career took her in a different direction and she ended up as an entrepreneur in technology. That work and her commitments to family soon left her with little time for jewelry.
One day Jamie realized she needed a change and was ready to return to her love for metalsmithing and jewelry. Jamie decided to create a place for artisan-made, responsibly-sourced, unique jewelry and Balefire was born in 2017 and has been growing ever since.
The Story of Our Name
We are often asked where we got our company name.
It is not a reference to the Wheel of Time book series, nor is it a play on Baleigh's name (while she is an integral part of the company, she joined us a couple of years after we opened).
The truth is that we fell in love with the name as a symbol: A balefire is a large bonfire used as a signal fire or beacon. This idea of a large fire that could communicate across large distances seemed like a cool idea for a jewelry and art brand, like each of these pieces in our collection, many of them forged in fire, can be a beacon that fosters understanding across people.
We hope that each of the pieces we sell becomes it's own balefire.
Learn about the materials and processes we use in jewelry creation and get some tips on caring for your jewelry to keep it looking its best.