Ssheila corkery began her jewelry design career in a very unlikely place—a dental lab, where she took a receptionist job while going to school at the University of Massachusetts. before she knew it, she had developed a passion for the work. “they taught me how to build wax and work with porcelain, cast metals and set stones, because dental lab technicians know how to do all that
sort of stuff,” she says.
after formal training at the school of
the Museum of Fine arts in boston and
more than 20 years in the jewelry design
business, corkery’s work has come a
long way from its humble origins. but
her jewelry still reflects the organic
forms that have fascinated her from the
beginning. she also finds great inspiration in the man-made sights around
her beloved boston: architecture, horse
bridles and bits, and the weathered
metal found in old shipyards. above all,
she wants her jewelry to be wearable.
“i want to create dressy jewelry that
speaks more to people in my age group,”
says corkery, 42. “You can wear it with
your grittiest outfit and your most
corkery sells her creations through
select stores, her website and private
parties given by enthusiastic clients.
Prices range from $100 to $1,200 for
sterling silver pieces and $350 to $6,000
for 18-karat gold. custom jewelry
design, especially engagement and
wedding rings, makes up a large part
of her business. over the years, her
unique pieces have attracted a loyal
following, including famous clients
like oprah Winfrey, Kate hudson and
allison Janney. With such popularity,
one might assume that corkery aspires
to become a jewelry mogul, but that
simply isn’t the case.
“i never want it to be bigger than
myself,” she says. “i want to make every
piece.” like the look and feel of her
jewelry, sheila corkery is one of a kind.
Here’s something Frank Sinatra
and his fellow Rat Packers
never could have predicted:
The latest incarnation of
their beloved Sands Hotel in
Las Vegas just landed in the
little town of Bethlehem, Pa.
With Pennsylvania’s recent
legalization of slot gambling,
the Sands Casino Resort
Bethlehem is one of 11 casinos
set to open in the Keystone
State over the next few months.
Built on the historic site of the
old Bethlehem Steel plant,
the new facility opened last
summer with 3,000 state-of-the-art slot machines, 300
hotel rooms and a variety
of entertainment and dining
options, including an Emeril’s
Chop House, Irish pub and a
The new resort is the Las
Vegas Sands Corp.’s first
property on the East Coast.
Gambling on Bethlehem’s
proximity to Philadelphia
and New York, the company
hopes the property will help
cement the city’s status as a
travel destination. In an era of
“staycations” and “daycations,”
the odds may be in its favor.
In the meantime, Bethlehem’s
economy is enjoying a welcome boost in the form of 1,000
new jobs created by the resort.
The Rat Pack would be proud.