Author Archives: lilruby jewelry

About lilruby jewelry

My name is Joan Williams and I'm a self taught jewelry designer and mixed media artist. I was born and raised in the Chicago area, and I now live in the Missouri Ozarks with my husband, son and jillions of beads - along with lots of ephemera and stuff that my packrat ancestors saved (and I'm so glad they did)! My passion is creating jewelry that bears the patina of time and travel, using a blend of new components and found objects. I'm also crazy about antiques, horses, flowers, rusty hinges and chipped paint, so you never know what I might be inspired to talk about. I hope you'll stop by from time to time to see what I'm up to! Click below to visit my Etsy shop and my Facebook page, and to see additional photos on Flickr.

Bracelet mania!


I am not usually that much of a bracelet maker – but I’ve really been on a roll lately!
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#beadedjewelryofinstagram #bohojewelry #gypsyboho #417artist

Harrison House


Hearts in orbit


Spring is coming!




My heart is an artifact



Fired up!


About 6 months ago I moved into a great new studio space and finally acquired a torch and some enameling supplies – then the fun began!

I got a very limited taste of enameling a few years ago when I worked at a bead store, and have been itching to try it again ever since. Now I can’t get enough!

Follow lilruby jewelry on Instagram if you’d like to see more – I don’t think I’ll be stopping anytime soon!

Design Ambassador!


I was surprised and flattered last week to receive an invitation to be a Design Ambassador for Jesse James Beads!

How it works is they send out a packet of beads, I use them in my designs and post them on Instagram and/or Facebook, and they send more beads – how fun is that!?

My first packet arrived today and I couldn’t wait to get started – within an hour I made 3 pairs of earrings and a pendant, which is pretty productive for me!

Here are the beads they sent, and what I made with them-

It’s interesting that some of these are beads I probably wouldn’t have picked myself, but using them stimulated my creativity which is a very good thing!

Be sure to check out all the beautiful beads available at!