Debby Arem is a world-renowned jewelry designer. Born in Providence, R.I., she received a B.A. in Fine Arts from American University in Washington, D.C. where she perfected her skills as a silk-screen artist. Silk screening is a challenging craft that involves intricate layering of separately-printed and colored design elements.
Years later, this ability to layer colors and combine textures in unique ways became instrumental when in 1982, Debby began designing beaded necklaces. Debby traveled with her husband to the Far East, Middle East, Africa and Europe and acquired an enormous palette of beads and findings, allowing her to create a huge and diverse catalog of unique handmade jewelry. These designs, utilizing the many hundreds of different components at her fingertips, including many one-of-a-kind antique Chinese pieces from the Ch’ing and Ming Dynasty, rapidly set her wearable art apart from other bead artists. Many components that comprise her semiprecious jewelry include carved gemstone beads (many of which are no longer even available), Japanese glass beads, antique silver, coral, and pre-ban ivory from the late 1970's, make up just a few of the unique components that can be found in her beaded necklaces. All of her strands, like fine pearls, are fine examples of unique handmade jewelry and are hand knotted to preserve their integrity.
The BEADLES line has been featured in Bloomingdale’s, Garfinkle’s, Saks Fifth Avenue, the
Smithsonian’s mail order catalogs and museum shops, the Chicago Art Institute's museum shop and mail order catalog, the Seattle Museum of Fine Art, the Smithsonian’s Air & Space Museum and Sackler Gallery, and many boutiques and shops. Debby’s wearable art has been featured in the Washington Post, Baltimore Magazine and in TV interviews.
In 1992 Debby launched THREE RING CIRCUITS (3RC), a jewelry and accessory line of Recycled Circuit Board Products that use recycled PCBs (printed circuit boards) and "found objects"; this line of Recycled Circuit Board Products has also achieved national prominence. Once again, her unique ability to use color and textured layers allowed her to create a truly new and different form of wearable art. Some designs are whimsical, some are strictly geometric, but all are examples of unique handmade jewelry that have a truly distinctive look. They have even been called “mini collages” by many who purchase them. THREE RING CIRCUITS (3RC) has been featured in museum shops, including those at the Smithsonian Institution Air and Space Museum and the Boston Computer museum, as well as many galleries and boutiques across the U.S. and Canada that sell fashion accessories.
Debby is available to design custom beaded necklaces and, as her time allows, also does restringing and knotting of clients own beaded necklaces, including pearls. Please feel free to contact her for pricing information on custom unique handmade jewelry.
Debby has 2 grown children and currently resides in Maryland with her husband, 3 cats and 2 dogs. All the pets are rescues, and Debby volunteers with 2 rescue groups when her time permits.