Founder's Story

Founder, Sheila Hawkins-Bucklew


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

I 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, leather, natural stones and earth crystals. 

At Hawkins Bucklew Handcrafted Jewelry Designs, jewelry is the product we create however, as a company we stand for so much more. Our jewelry design’s are a symbolic expression of individual style, self-discovery, and empowerment; reflective of the human experience. This unique relationship, between our jewelry and our customers is what sets us apart from our competitors.

The Hawkins Bucklew Foundation - Women’s Empowerment

As a woman in the corporate workforce, I experienced the harsh realities of unequal pay and glass-ceilings; as a business owner I quickly gained control over both my earning power and career development. This freeing realization inspired me to want to help enlighten other women and share the potential benefits entrepreneurship has to offer.  
With this in mind, I started the Hawkins Bucklew Foundation to share my 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 my 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