When she wanted something a little different than what she already owned, longtime businesswoman Marlene Dade turned to her creative side and began designing jewelry. Nearly a decade later, Dade Designs are being worn by the likes of Patti LaBelle and Pamela Anderson.

The luxurious jewelry collection includes necklaces, bracelets and earrings handcrafted by Dade, 49, in her Columbus home studio. Many pieces are made out of sterling, stones or beads, and prices range from less than $100 to more than $1,000.

The spirited and fashionable Dade also enjoys crafting custom jewelry that incorporates a woman's personality. The most rewarding part of her work, she says, comes when a client receives her new jewelry.

“I love seeing the expressions on people's faces,” Dade said, “when they put their necklace on for the first time.” For more on Dade Designs, visit DadeDesigns.com or call 614-859-0133.

--Heather Weekley