Glenda Echols Murphy, a native of New Haven, Connecticut has always been ingenious with, and passionate about, accessories.  Whether creating new jewelry out of her grandmother’s pearls and other vintage pieces or repurposing brooches into shoe clips, her creative talent was evident from the start.

When Glenda and her family relocated to South Carolina, yet another military move, she began to turn her passion into a business.  She took beading classes and soldering classes which led her to earn her Diploma for Fashion Retailing (Ashworth College).  And this is where her story begins.

Founded in 2007, GEM Designs (formerly Leading Ladies Accessories), named after its owner (Glenda Echols Murphy), continues to design handcrafted treasures of simple elegance.  Pieces are handcrafted and inclusive of natural gemstones and precious metals from artisans all over the world.  Attention to detail; and superior customer service; has allowed her the opportunity to create accessories of that are…Stylish. Creative. You.

Our Mission:

To promote fine quality accessories while providing exceptional customer service.