Ad Astra Arts  ("To the Stars")

Mary McQueen Alford, Artist


       Ad Astra Arts  offers unique handmade jewelry, handsome working pocket and locket watches, necklaces, earrings, and bracelets, floral hairclips/brooches, hatpins and stickpins, perfume lockets, wine & stein charms, and more. 


      Genres include African/Traditional, science-fiction and steampunk, jazz and modern, elegance, "celestial" (astronomy & aviation), some pieces also suitable for young persons.  Many creations work in several genres.

      My work has been featured at International Women's Air & Space Museum (Cleveland), International Women in Jazz (New York), Amateur Astronomers Association of New York, Sister's Uptown Bookstore and Cultural Center (Harlem), Cancer Connection (Northampton), Brass Ring Academy & Cabaret (Connecticut), and science fiction cons throughout the Northeast.  Please use the links below to support these fine organizations and venues!


       Materials:  I select components and materials from all over the world:

handcarved and handpainted sustainable woods such as littleleaf and bayong; 

African and Thai handmade terracottas;  specialty glass such as Swarovski crystal, silver-infused, mouthblown, handmade, Pandora, Millefiori, Preciosa druks, double-layered Miyuki, and faceted aurora-borealis;  natural cowries, semiprecious gemstones, cloisonné, enamel, and porcelain.  My sources include Czech Republic, India, Mali, Kenya, Japan, France, Italy, China, Thailand, Scandinavia, and U.S.       


         Metals include .925 sterling, zinc-freeTibetan silver, pure and alloy copper, gold- and silver-plated brass, and surgical steel.  Colors include silver, gold, copper, bronze, and black.


        Pierced or Clip-On:  My earring findings are usually leverback-style, for ease and security; I recommend pierced-look clips for holes that are damaged or simply too low.  Let me know if you prefer fishhooks or clips instead of leverbacks.


        All items include a gift bag.

          Custom Requests:  Feel free to request specific colors, styles, motifs, components, special-occasion.


        Parties!  Jewelry and theme parties are fun!  I can help you "design" your event.

























International Federation

of Trekkers

Trek Nonprofit



Brass Ring

Academy and Cabaret


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