Jannie Bean’s Heartfelt Gems

“I have a heart that I made—it could be a pendant or a pin—and women just love these,” says Jannie, the owner of Jannie Bean Fine Custom Jewelry in Highlands, North Carolina. It’s a small, shiny symbol of her life’s work, which ultimately is about more than handcrafting fine accessories.

While she’s tailored her heart design by adding birthstones or casting with different precious metals, Jannie’s own version is 14-karat yellow gold adorned with a single sparkling diamond. It’s a tiny reminder, she says, to live everyday with love and gratitude.