FORG­ING MEM­O­RIES

MEM­ORY LANE IS ALTA DRIVE FOR MARY BETH HEISH­MAN, WHOSE DEL­I­CATE JEW­ELRY LINE, I ADORN U, IS IN­FUSED WITH PANGS OF VE­GAS-STYLE NOS­TAL­GIA.

Vegas Magazine - - Contents - BY LAU­REN EP­STEIN

Mem­ory lane is Alta Drive for Mary Beth Heish­man, whose del­i­cate jew­elry line I Adorn U is in­fused with pangs of Ve­gas-style nos­tal­gia.

Just off the Strip sits Alta Drive, a his­toric street dot­ted with charm­ing mid­cen­tury modern homes. It’s where Mary Beth Heish­man—art teacher by day, sil­ver­smith by night—grew up. “Homes just aren’t built like that any­more,” she says. “[They were] sim­ple yet func­tional, with those cin­derblocks and tex­tu­ral pat­terns.”

They’re what moved Heish­man to cre­ate her own line of hand­crafted jew­elry called I Adorn U. Draw­ing in­spi­ra­tion from the airy breeze­ways and con­crete de­signs of Ve­gas homes of the 1950s and ’60s, Heish­man be­gan de­sign­ing her pieces, which she sold through a small Etsy shop and at First Fri­days in Down­town’s Arts District. “I’ve al­ways kind of tin­kered with jew­elry, and it was a way to do sculp­ture on a minia­ture scale,” she says.

Now, 12 years af­ter its es­tab­lish­ment, I Adorn U is giv­ing Ve­gas vis­i­tors and res­i­dents a piece of the less-ad­ver­tised—but ar­guably more beau­ti­ful—part of the city. Heish­man points to her Palm Desert neck­lace, fea­tur­ing a stun­ning pic­ture jasper (sourced from Ore­gon) float­ing on a ster­ling sil­ver “cin­derblock wall shield,” as a par­tic­u­larly spe­cial piece. “The stone looks like a wa­ter­color paint­ing of the desert. It re­minds me of the va­cant desert that was be­hind us on Alta for years,” she says. That area is de­vel­oped now, but wear­ing the piece can be the best way to keep the city’s his­tory alive. iadornu.net

Fas­ci­nated by the city’s mid­cen­tury cinder block ar­chi­tec­tural el­e­ments? Mary Beth Heish­man’s jew­elry brings back the mod mo­tifs. BE­LOW: Her Trio Onyx Block neck­lace ($100; iadornu.net).

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