Business Spotlight: Wisdom River Designs

Wisdom River Designs

Chester, Vt.

Instagram: @wisdom.river.designs

Wisdom River Designs, formerly Parker Posie Designs, is the company of Shannon Babette Parker, a fine metal and gemstone jewelry designer and artisan from Chester who creates all her jewelry designs by hand. “Tucked into a hillside studio, armed with hammers, saws, torches & imagination, she creates one-of-a-kind, precious gemstone & fine metal jewelry.”

Founded January 2008, her inspirations are derived from a diverse art background, which includes African tribal jewelry, rich stone colors, brushed silver American Indian jewelry and textures, and colors of pottery from around the world.

Parker learned silver and gold smithing while apprenticing under Angie Star Jewelry and Natha Perkins of Luscious Metals while living in Colorado. After returning back to her roots in Vermont, she regularly travels back to the Southwest to get inspired and to handpick quality, American turquoise and other precious gemstones. According to Parker, “I am continually inspired by the nature in Vermont; the movement of fern frond, color combinations of wild flowers, the texture on the cap of a sprouting mushroom. There is no lack of inspiration when you surround yourself with the natural word.”

Parker sources her precious gemstones from across the globe, handpicking pieces or often times working directly with lapidary artists to create unique stone cuts to use in her custom designs.

She sells her jewelry primarily through her website,, artisan craft shows throughout the year, and at two locations in Chester – DaVallia Art Boutique and 39 North Gallery. For custom order inquiries, please send Shannon an email at

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