About Peter James Jewelry

Who is Peter James?

This is a question we are asked a lot! In 1971 Peter James was founded by a by James Bess and Peter Moretti, the line was named from their first names.

In 1972 John Peterson came aboard the team and two years later in 1974 Lynette Matson was hired. The two of them met, fell in love and eventually took it over. In 1982 their daughter Erika was born, and in 2006 she joined the team.

About the Designers:

Designers Lynette and Erika are a mother/daughter team, their co-designing brings together their different histories and training, combining to create pieces that are both timeless and elegant while also pushing the envelope when it comes to dramatic flair and style. The hand forged pieces transform wire and sheet metals into wearable works of art.

Lynette Matson

Lynette was fortunate enough to take her first jewelry class when she was 14, she immediately knew it was her life’s passion and pursued learning more and gaining skills from that point on. Lynette is mostly self taught but did received some training from notable artists including Glenn Miller, Michael Good, and Alan Revere.

Erika Peterson

Erika has been drawn to art since she can remember.  Having supportive parents in a creative industry allowed her to experiment and try lots of mediums ranging from painting to photography to ceramics and sculpture.  In community college she narrowed her focus on welded steel sculpture, while continuing to draw and paint. In 2005 she graduated with a BFA in sculpture and painting from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle.


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