In the latest issue of MdHS News, the Meet the Member section features new member Kimberly Walters. Kimberly is a Revolutionary War era living historian and reenactor, and she is also a very talented jewelry maker.
She specializes in creating historically inspired pieces as well as accurate reproductions. Her jewelry is so accurate, in fact, many of her pieces have been used in the AMC period drama, "Turn: Washington's Spies."
Her jewelry is simply elegant, and whether you are familiar with period jewelry or not, you must see her pieces up close.
(Collet Earrings & Matching Necklace in Peridot Green)
(From Left: Lady of the Shure Family Earrings; Crystal Cluster Earrings; Georgian Paste Earrings)
Oh, and the Lady of the Shure Family earrings seen above were actually inspired by a painting hanging here at the Maryland Historical Society! Very cool.
(Collet Necklaces in Various Shapes & Colors)
Kimberly has been selling her jewelry for over five years, and she calls her business Sign of the Gray Horse. This is a personal reference to her first horse, a gray Tennessee Walker named Southern Belle, who came into Kimberly's care shortly before her business began. While Southern Belle has since passed, Kimberly still takes care of five other horses, who are either current or retired reenactors themselves. Kimberly's love of history and her dedication to animal rescue drive her business. You can read more about Kimberly's work as a jewelry maker and living historian at her website www.kwaltersatthesignofthegrayhorse.com.
Be sure to visit the museum shop here at the Maryland Historical Society, so you can see these inspired pieces up close. We are open Wednesday thru Saturday, 10 AM to 5 PM, and Sunday, 12 PM to 5 PM.