About Me and Gems by Kelley

Hi! I'm Kelley Bren Burke. I'm excited to tell you that I'm a full time entrepreneur! I left my full time work as a Barnes & Noble bookstore manager in August 2015 to focus on Gems by Kelley. I'm beyond grateful to my customers who have made my dream possible. 

Welcome to The Gem Den! This is my home studio in Minneapolis, Minnesota. I create, photograph, pack and ship my jewelry in The Gem Den.

I live with my husband Chris and our dogs Murphy and Gracie.

My husband Chris sometimes helps with shipping to get orders sent to you quickly. After living with me, he knows more about jewelry than he ever wanted to know. We both have apps on our phones that make a "Cha Ching" sound whenever there's a Gems by Kelley sale. Even after over 5,000 jewelry sales, each and every "Cha Ching" makes me happy.

I ship orders worldwide, and I've shipped Gems by Kelley jewelry to 39 countries. I opened my first Gems by Kelley store on Etsy in 2013. I have a five star average feedback rating on my Etsy site, so you can shop with confidence.

I love working at home with our dogs Gracie and Murphy. They're the best colleagues ever. I'm a total homebody. I start my days by walking our dogs to the mailbox with the previous day's jewelry orders. This pretty little lake is two blocks away from my house. 

I spend my days making, photographing and shipping jewelry while listening to podcasts. Some of my favorite podcasts are The Ted Radio Hour, Freakonomics Radio, The Good Life Project, The Jess Lively Show and WTF with Marc Maron. 

I love what I do, and my inclination is to work over 50 hours a week. I make sure I take breaks for walks, meditation, yoga and reading. I read mostly nonfiction. I love essays and memoirs. I also read books on psychology, business and cultural studies. I love books, and I belong to two book clubs. 

And lest I sound too dutiful and earnest, I'll confess to enjoying more than my fair share of red wine and Bravo TV. I have a real Real Housewives vice. Oh, and Shark Tank and Project Runway.

But back to Gems by Kelley :) A lot of things I learned from managing a retail bookstore have been invaluable in creating my own business. I'm so honored that you're choosing to buy my handmade jewelry, and I want you to have the best possible experience. I ship orders within one to two business days. I will always provide a tracking number. I provide gift packaging for every purchase.

Blue jewelry box with silver ribbon

I want you to be really happy with your purchase. If for any reason you're not, send me an email. I'll do my very best to come up with a solution that will make you happy.

Thank you for visiting my website! I am so grateful to have the opportunity to make a living doing what I love. 

Thanks for reading this! If you have any questions, please email me at You can also click here. I'll get right back to you. 

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