By Janet Goetze
For the Hollywood Star News
Grayling Jewelry has caught the eye of Martha Stewart Living Magazine, which named the Northeast Portland business a finalist in the 2014 American Made Awards.
Grayling, started in 2009 by designer Katy Kippen, wasn’t one of the top 10 businesses announced in October. However, in the finalist position, the handmade jewelry was cited by the magazine for innovation, creativity and materials sourced primarily in the United States.
The magazine also said Kippen produces “timeless designs with an edge. Her jewelry line features versatile style elements and quality materials.”
Through American Made, according to the magazine’s news release, Martha Stewart spotlights the next generation of great American makers.
Kippen said she was unemployed five years ago when she started her jewelry line with $500. Her first two hires also were people who had been unemployed.
Today, Grayling jewelry is sold in more than 100 stores nationwide. The line also is a favorite of celebrities Courteney Cox and Amanda Seyfried, Martha Stewart said.