During my morning web perusal I came upon a link for 3 Doves Jewelry, a company developed by Kristine and Lara Zizic that features handmade pieces with elements of nature in brass, gold, coral, lava and gemstone. These little brass bumblebee earrings look quite familiar to me as I think I've used stampings from the same mold.
A friend of mine has recently moved into the realm of gemstones as well. It's certainly one way to break into the high end market! 3 Doves Jewelry is sold online and at several boutiques across the country, including Stil on Newbury Street here in Boston.
I wonder if the Zizic sisters started on etsy?