About Us

Accent Artistry, located in Sandy, UT was founded in 2002 and provides high quality semi-precious stones, pearls, Swarovski crystal and findings to designers nationwide. Our designer Bali sterling findings are unique to Accent Artistry and include exquisite clasps, silver beads, connectors and more. These designer Bali findings are designed by Kellie Forbes and made by our favorite silversmith in Bali.

Accent Artistry moved into a commercial showroom in August of 2008 from the owner, Kellie Forbes’, home in Sandy, UT. Having a jewelry design business led Kellie to start a bead store also because she saw the need to provide designers with high-quality items at wholesale pricing. Accent Artistry is the only showroom in Utah that offers designers wholesale pricing.

Our Team

Our team includes Kellie Forbes, owner and manager; Carol Bringhurst, assistant manager; Angela Johnson, marketing communications support and teacher. All three of us have a combined experience of 20 years designing and selling jewelry and love what they do. We also love to share our knowledge with the customers; Kellie and Angela also do business coaching for small businesses who are both in and out of the jewelry arena. We often collaborate on design opportunities and love supporting each other with selling our creations to a wide variety of boutiques and gift shops. Additional support includes Kellie’s husband, Thayne Forbes, who we call our “superhero” for his endless support and assistance.

Kellie Forbes, Owner and Manager

kellie_forbes.jpgKellie has been a jewelry artist for since 2002 and sells her designs to boutiques and high-end gift shops along the Wasatch Front. Her love of designing jewelry ignited her goal to open a bead store and cater to designers of all levels. Kellie is mostly a self-taught jewelry artist and also has a Level 2 Certification in precious metal clay and has taken classes in beadwork and basic silver-smithing. Kellie’s designs encompass a wide variety of styles, including intricate bead work and patterns, to simple and bold pieces. Kellie is the January 2009 featured artist in Bead Trends magazine and had a jewelry design word on the red carpet movie premier event of “Twilight” in LA.

Carol Bringhurst, Assistant Manager

Carol is Kellie’s right-hand women and brings with her over 15 years of jewelry design experience. Her jewelry design company, Precious Designs, feature designs with exceptional quality gemstones, Swarovski Austrian crystals, fresh water pearls, and designer sterling silver beads and components from Bali. Carol’s designs have been sold in gift shops found in fine hotels in Salt Lake City, Park City and Deer Valley, Utah for over 10 years and her work has also been featured in Bead Trends Magazine. Carol also designed jewelry worn on the red carpet for the premier of “Twilight.”

Angela Johnson, Marketing Communications and Instructor

angela_web.jpgAngela’s background is in the marketing and communications arena and supports Accent Artisty with a variety of marketing and event projects. Her passions also include jewelry design and she has had a jewelry design business since 2003 called Intention Jewelry where she creates every design with loving and healing intention. Her work has been featured in Simply Beads and Bead Trends magazines and can be found in several boutiques and gift shops from St. Loius, MO to Jackson, WY. Two of Angela’s designs were worn on the red carpet movie premier event of “Twilight” in LA. Angela also teaches basic beading and wire wrapping classes at Accent Artistry.



  1. Hi Kellie!

    Great pages in Bead Trends…you’ll have to sign our copy next time you bring your bead show to Boise. Don says your picture looks like you’re about to get yourself into some kind of trouble. Hmmmm, could be he’s seen you in action, pre-dawn – to way after dark. Am not sure where you find the energy, but there are a lot of us that appreciate all the work you put into your bead and jewelry shows. Thanks for sharing so much of your talent and zest for life.

    All the best to you and yours.

    Don & Cherie

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