Our Story

Founder, Sheila Hawkins-Bucklew


Sheila Hawkins-Bucklew is a creative entrepreneur whose journey has been woven together with a common thread: the empowerment of women. She is a proponent of equality and women’s rights, something she has held close to her heart throughout her career. Sheila started her retail career at the age of fifteen as the "Talking Christmas Tree" for a major department store in Pittsburgh, Pa. After college Sheila worked in retail buying, store management, and for a men’s accessory manufacturer. During this time she became aware of the power of fashion and how it could be a vehicle for self-expression. She also realized how positive self-expression could foster an environment for individual empowerment.

Sheila envisioned a jewelry company that celebrated “Individual Style, Self-Discovery, and Empowerment. Hawkins Bucklew Handcrafted Jewelry Designs creates ear, arm, and neckpieces using contemporary chains, natural stones and earth crystals. At Hawkins Bucklew Handcrafted Jewelry Designs, jewelry is the product they make however, their followers see them as something more. Their jewelry design’s are a symbolic expression of individual style, self-discovery, and empowerment; reflective of the human experience. This unique relationship, between their jewelry pieces and their customers sets them apart from other jewelry companies.

The Hawkins Bucklew Foundation - Women’s Empowerment

As a woman in the corporate workforce, Sheila experienced the harsh realities of unequal pay and glass-ceilings; as a business owner she quickly gained control over both her earning power and career development. This freeing realization inspired her to want to help enlighten other women and share the potential benefits entrepreneurship has to offer.  With this in mind, Sheila started the Hawkins Bucklew Foundation to share her business knowledge, personal experiences and to connect with a community of "like-minded" women wanting to empower other women in the local community. Hawkins Bucklew Handcrafted Jewelry Designs was launched as the face of this vision and the financial arm that drives it’s programs and services. These two Hawkins Bucklew ventures tie perfectly together the common threads of Sheila’s creativity, business expertise, and passion to help the underserved.

In Her Own Words

We all have a story to tell. Our life’s journey is uniquely our own with individual lessons to learn. I am thankful for the tests I have endured, for without them I would not be where I am today. In this moment, I am exactly where I am supposed to be!  Hawkins Bucklew Handcrafted Jewelry Designs is a self-expression of my spiritual footprint.  

Thank you for the opportunity to share my spiritual journey through creative expression in jewelry design! 

Peace & Blessings,

Sheila Hawkins-Bucklew