The jewelry that you love is timeless because it speaks to who you are; it is a very personal thing. Rhus typhina seeks to make pieces that you miss when you take them off. A design may come from our minds and hands, but the moment you choose a piece, it becomes distinctly yours.


Julie Nelson has been a goldsmith for 20 years and, in that time, has explored many processes and techniques. She started Rhus typhina with her friend and former apprentice Trina Uttley. The company is named Rhus typhina because of their love of the Staghorn Sumac plant; no matter the season, it is a thing of beauty. Rhus typhina features hand-fabricated and forged fine jewelry, inspired by the perennial charm of their favorite tree.

Julie Nelson is a certified bench jeweler with Jewelers of America (1998).