Studio Notes: Black Panther Jewelry Artist Douriean Fletcher is Purrrrfect

Disney-Marvel’s movie, Black Panther, earned $427 million worldwide during its first four days. And it is loaded with designs from jewelry artist Douriean Fletcher. Creatively, Fletcher gave her own blockbuster performance, coming up with hundreds of designs and details on deadline for the cast. She also designed a line of merchandise jewelry for the public. It is what can only be called a Herculean effort.

ABOVE: Lupita Nyong’o and jewelry artist Douriean Fletcher attend Marvel Studios Presents: Black Panther Welcome To Wakanda during February 2018 New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Industria Studios on February 12, 2018, in New York City. (Photo by John Lamparski/WireImage. Getty Images.)

When a movie makes this much money, and has this much impact, it will be an influence a long time. Decades from now, original movie jewelry will go on an exhibition tour and today’s merchandise will be the top collectible.

jewelry artist Betsy Lehndorff's cat

However, in lieu of running a copyright-protected image of the jewelry artist’s work, I am offering a picture of my cat as a substitute. I did send Fletcher an email seeking one, but I don’t have the Hollywood pull to get through to a very, very busy jewelry artist star. Not to worry. You’ll find links below to her work, even a video about how she develops her designs.


Back to my cat. Miss Kitty isn’t purrfect. She has a tendency to drag live animals into my work space, such as flying squirrels, a chipmunk, and a winter wren. Yet, the other day she failed to catch the mouse that wound up drowning in a pitcher of water. (I kept wondering what that smell was.)

jewelry artist from Black Panther movieOK. Enough about my cat.

Interested in Fletcher’s work and cat-inspired pieces? Check out these links:

Betsy Lehndorff has been writing for Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist since 2010. In the March/April issue, she writes about grants for artistic jewelers and wax carving combined with 3D printing. Reach her at


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