Hi there!  I’m Glenda Echols Murphy, a native of New Haven, Connecticut that’s  passionate about, accessories.  Whether creating new jewelry out of her grandmother’s pearls and other vintage pieces or repurposing brooches into shoe clips, my creative talent was evident from the start.

When we relocated to South Carolina, yet another military move, I began to turn my hobby into a business.  I took a beading classe and soldering classes which led me to earn a Diploma for Fashion Retailing (Ashworth College).  And this is where my story begins.

Founded in 2007, GEM Designs (formerly Leading Ladies Accessories), named after its yours truly (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 me the opportunity to create accessories of that are…Stylish. Creative. You.

Our Mission:

To promote fine quality accessories while providing exceptional customer service.