Posted by Linda Atiyeh - June 11, 2015

Desert Heart is one our most versatile jewelry collections. The jewelry’s dynamic designs and exquisite color combinations are inspired by the beauty of nature, architectural patterns and textures, vintage American jewelry components and other unusual materials. Desert Heart’s style appeals to women of all ages and tastes, because the pieces beautifully combine classic elegance with rich earthiness and offbeat charm.


Desert Heart is the creation of Texas artist Deborah Sparshott. After experimenting with a number of different artistic mediums, Deborah narrowed her focus to jewelry making as a means of self expression. Desert Heart began with Deborah creating one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces for just a few galleries. Nearly 30 years later, Desert Heart has evolved into a small company of dedicated craftspeople who collaborate with Deborah in an intimate studio nestled in the Chihuahuan Desert region of Texas. Every piece of Desert Heart jewelry is still very proudly handmade in America. 


Designer Deborah Sparshott handpicks each of the elements that are used to create Desert Heart jewelry. Her never-ending search for unique and inspiring materials has taken her to dusty warehouses, estate sales, hardware stores, old garages, thrift stores and gem shows. The materials that Deborah finds on these treasure hunts provide the basis for Desert Heart’s ever changing jewelry designs. The artistic palette includes exotic gemstones, freshwater pearls, semi-precious stones, metal stampings, charms, antique beads, Austrian crystal, intricate metal details, antique beads and chains from America’s golden age of costume jewelry.


Desert Heart’s look of timeworn elegance never goes out of style. A large selection of stunning earrings, bracelets, anklets and necklaces by Desert Heart are now available in-person at Gallery 30 in Gettysburg and online in our web store.

Shop our collection of Desert Heart Jewelry


Linda Atyeh: About the Author

The owner of Gallery 30 since 2007, Linda Atiyeh personally curates Gallery 30’s collection of American fine art and artisan crafts. Linda's inspired vision has empowered Gallery 30 to flourish, while remaining true to the beliefs central to its incredible longevity and success. Over the years, Linda has redefined Gallery 30's artisan craft collection to place a greater emphasis on Pennsylvania and Gettysburg related products, and she has personally selected Gallery 30's exquisite handcrafted jewelry collection - drawn from around the world. Under Linda Atiyeh's direction, Gallery 30 expanded from its original 3,000 square feet location to its new home, a 9,100-square-foot lovingly restored historic property at 26 York Street.

A native Pennsylvanian, Linda Atiyeh takes great pride in her community and is committed to giving back to the region. Linda is on the board of directors of the Adams County Arts Council and the Historic Gettysburg Adams County Preservation Society. She is also a member of Main Street Gettysburg, Gettysburg Area Retail Merchants Association, the Gettysburg Convention and Visitors Bureau, and the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen.