Jewelry Navigator

Emma Hoekstra of Emma Elizabeth Jewelry Shares Her Story and the Challenges that Led Her to Winning the 2019 Halstead Grant

October 24, 2019

Emma Hoekstra is my guest this week on Jewelry Navigator Podcast.


Founder of Emma Elizabeth Jewelry, and winner of this year’s Halstead Grant, it seems everything is going well for her.


While we hope joy and celebration prevail in our lives, loss, grief, healing, and discovery remain unavoidable to the human experience.


After the loss of her boyfriend in a tragic car accident, Emma reclaimed her joy and purpose through a process of healing through jewelry design, which eventually led to the winning submission of this year’s Halstead Grant.


Using metal smithing and jewelry fabrication as forms of expression and cathartic therapy, Emma worked through her grief, and emerged with an ability to intertwine feeling, aesthetic, and dimension into jewelry collections defined by her signature tagline,, “Confident - Edgy - Unique”.


Emma’s courage and focus are inspirational, and her jewelry is unique and captivating.

To see her latest collections and bespoke creations, visit, her Instagram page is @emmaelizabethjewelry

Resources Mentioned in this Episode:


Emma Elizabeth Jewelry


Grand Valley State University

Allendale, MI


Halstead Grant


Halstead Bead


Lisa Lehmann Designs

Grand Haven, MI


Julie Sanford Design

Grand Haven, MI

Play this podcast on Podbean App