About Us

This is our story


Since 2005

My metalsmith training began in 2002 with wire work classes, followed soon after by metalsmith classes.

I became entranced with the power and beauty of mother earth’s stones.  Searching for natural stones became an obsession.

Making jewelry for myself quickly turned into making jewelry for the sake of creating.

Home parties lead to wine festivals and craft fairs.  In 2005, I went legit and started Turtle Jewelry Designs.

This is when I spent every penny I made on buying equipment.  So, here I am, now in my 60’s, growing and creating.  Who could ask for more!

Leslie Garner Moore

Owner / Artest

Yael Edelstein has worked with me since 2015.

She adds joy and creative talent to Turtle Jewelry Designs.  Her metal smithing skills grow daily.  She also does shows with me, helps with internet work and keeps me going.  I love laughing with her.

Yael also teaches Yoga in Frederick and can sew like a champ!


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Ethically Sourced Jewels & Materials

99% of the silver I use is Argentium silver, which is made from recycled sterling silver, with the addition of germanium, a white element.  I also attempt to choose natural stones from the earth, rather than simulated or man made stones. When an occasional piece contains a lab created stone, it will be notated in descriptions.

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